Only half of Formula One’s races will be available live on free-to-air television in the UK from next year through to 2018 – the first time that F1 has been aired on pay-television in the country. Sky Sports will show every race, qualifying session and practice session live, while the BBC will air half the races live as well as the qualifying and practice sessions from those events. The public broadcaster will have highlights on TV, online and mobile for any race not shown live, and all grands prix will be carried on BBC Radio 5 live. In a transcript published following a recent hearing in front of MPs at the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, Thompson defended the arrangement.
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