After taking over the F1 broadcasts from ITV in 2009, its F1 coverage enjoys a global audience of some 50 million viewers – roughly 6 million alone in the UK – and a steadily growing audience share.
One point to note is that the Sunday Times is owned by the Rupert Murdoch-run News Corporation empire, the very group bidding to buy the commercial rights to formula 1 from CVC Capital Partners. To say that there is a vested interest in running such a story – the offer to CVC would certainly reduce with the BBC out of the picture – is a masterpiece in understatement.
In turn, Jake Humphrey (pictured) – the lead anchor for the BBC’s race weekend coverage – has trashed the speculation via Twitter to appease concern from fans.
“I have no inside information on [the coverage’s] future,” he wrote on his thread.
“But I know little else gets the audience share and the millions that we do. BBC F1 is a huge success.”
He added that the Sunday Times article had “many inaccuracies”.
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