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Big Blue

Channel 4 F1 Coverage

Mr Coulthard is the pundit. The show is being made by a production company he set up with Lanky Jake Humphries.

Who's money is on this thrashing SKY ratings?
JohnC

It's a good way to get paid to travel around the world following the sport you love. I hope it trounces Sky too. Is Jake Humphries coming back?
Big Blue

No anchor announcement yet, but I assume JH has a contract with BT so probably not him.

Do you know what would be funny - and I mean REALLY funny: they got the old TG trio to do it and then the links were all their stupid stunts. Then the ratings of the show would spike for the hour before the race.
Nice Guy Eddie

Don't get the Sky hate. Best F1 coverage theres been, just too bad the actual F1 product doesn't do it justice.
PhilD

Big Blue wrote:
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Do you know what would be shit - and I mean REALLY shit: they got the old TG trio to do it and then the links were all their stupid stunts.


FYP.
Martin

Nice Guy Eddie wrote:
Don't get the Sky hate. Best F1 coverage theres been, just too bad the actual F1 product doesn't do it justice.


+1
JohnC

Martin wrote:
Nice Guy Eddie wrote:
Don't get the Sky hate. Best F1 coverage theres been, just too bad the actual F1 product doesn't do it justice.


+1


I just don't like the cost, which when added to all the other bits of the Sky package becomes rather expensive.
Sav

I was glad to see that Coulthard is going to be retained a commentator. His insight is great in the booth, and his verbal and written analysis of the dynamic between Hamilton and Rosberg has been second-to-none for the past few years. Itís almost like because heís been there before with situations like Hakkinen, he knows what that internal fight between teamates is like, and he expresses the emotions finely as well. Ben Edwards is a fantastic lead commentator; heís one of those few lead commentators that if you give him a microphone and a motor race, heíll lead it effortlessly and smoothly without rambling. Whether it be CART, BTCC, the F1 Season Review DVDís or F1 races themselves Ė Edwards has always excelled over the years.

Thrashing Skyís ratings wonít be difficult, considering Sky gets around 800K for a European Grand Prix. Even if ratings are a little down on C4 compared to BBC, being free-to-air will mean C4 will always win in this regard. Saying that, it must surely concern Sky that the vast amount they paid for F1 rights back in 2011 just hasnít translated into strong ratings. I donít see much changing either. They have a very rigid subscription model and they lack content for the motorsport fan, so the disappointing ratings will continue.

Skyís coverage is decent in areas. The picture and sound quality is superb, Sky also has some excellent on-screen personnel, like Brundle and Davidson. However the general set-up of being in the pitlane before the GP, grabbing drivers and paddock figures on-air, the post-GP analysis was all nicked from the BBCís set-up. Also, Lazenby, Herbert and Hill lack camaraderie that the BBC team had. Hearing Herbert and Hill is just so awfully boring. Considering Sky pitch their coverage as more in-depth compared to the free-to-air offering, Iím surprised that they donít have on-screen technical analyst. I thought Gary Anderson was fantastic on the BBC for a few years ago; the BBC ditched the role precisely at the wrong time Ė just as the largest regulation change in decades was on the horizon in 2014. Sky surely ought to dedicate more time to technical analysis, being a dedicated F1 channel. They donít utilise Mark Hughes near enough Ė some on-screen notes before practice sessions and qualifying doesnít cut it.

As for Jake Humphrey, he left the BBC F1 role because the travel became too much with his family commitments. I doubt that his view has changed, but his tweets are interesting. He seems to be following C4ís F1 coverage with interest. I would expect him to present some sort of studio review sessions on C4, but not to return on a regular basis.
gooner

JohnC wrote:
Martin wrote:
Nice Guy Eddie wrote:
Don't get the Sky hate. Best F1 coverage theres been, just too bad the actual F1 product doesn't do it justice.


+1


I just don't like the cost, which when added to all the other bits of the Sky package becomes rather expensive.


That's the rub I guess. I have no inclination to take up a subscription to Sky with its minimum monthly fee of £25 let along pay extra for the privilege of F1, which I wouldn't often have time to watch.

I look forward to seeing how C4 take on F1, I think they'll look to shake things up a big and bring their own format to the show. One big change, that wouldn't surprise me, would be if they chose not to send a whole presenting team out to each race, instead having a studio for the main presenters with roving reporters on the ground. Having their own dedicated studio would help as it was sometimes a bit embarrassing when the BBC had to beg, steal or borrow a bit of a teams motorhome.
Tim

PhilD wrote:
Big Blue wrote:
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Do you know what would be shit - and I mean REALLY shit: they got the old TG trio to do it and then the links were all their stupid stunts.


FYP.


+1

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