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Channel 4 Should Follow the BBC’s Winning Formula After Earning F1 TV Deal

The chain has been broken and an era has come to a premature, avoidable end.The conclusion of the BBC's television coverage of Formula One appeared increasingly likely when presenter Suzi Perry signed off the 2015 season by saying she would "hopefully" see us next year.And it became inevitable when, per the Times' Kevin Eason, a bunch of the Beeb's executives marched into a Kensington office and asked Bernie Ecclestone—Bernie Ecclestone!—whether he would, er, y'know, maybe consider a reduction in the £10 million-per-year fee to keep following the adventures of Lewis Hamilton and friends.Yet while the BBC's exit from its share deal with Sky Sports—a "tough and unwanted" decision, director of sport Barbara Slater ...

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