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Formula One TV Rights: The Baby-Like Innocence of Bernie Ecclestone

When F1 fans get angry about the sport their ire is quite often focused on Bernard Charles Ecclestone, known to everyone except his employees as Bernie.So when it was announced that UK TV rights for the sport had been partially transferred from public broadcaster the BBC to subscription TV company Sky TV it was to be expected that much invective would be directed at Bernie.But in this case, Bernie is an innocent man. The initiative for change did not come from Bernie, but from the BBC.The BBCThose resident outside the UK may not be aware that every UK household is charged a tax called a 'Licence Fee' to support the BBC. That tax is currently £145 per year, and refusing to pay it means prosecution.Effectively the BBC is a subscription ...

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