SBD/April 27, 2012/Media
BBC Dir Of Sports Acknowledges New Reality With Rivals For Live Rights
Published April 27, 2012
EBB & FLOW: Slater added that the "loss of racing rights, which has dismayed some commentators, was part of the 'ebb and flow' of sports rights." Slater: "Sometimes rights go and sometimes we acquire rights. There is no question this is complex. We are in a new reality in a very dynamic market." Slater "hinted that the shared model that sees Sky show every F1 race live on a dedicated channel, and four days of live coverage of the US Masters to the BBC's two would be increasingly favoured by rights owners." Gibson writes the BBC will "have to pick its battles" as Wimbledon was "prioritised over Formula One in the recent cost cutting process, for example." Slater also "denied that the morale at BBC Sport had slumped." She said that the renewal of the Premier League highlights for '13-16 would be an "absolute priority." Slater: "Match of the Day is an absolutely iconic and treasured part of our output." She added the net's coverage of the London Games would "move the bar" with "unprecedented range and choice that will sweep audiences up" (GUARDIAN, 4/26).