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SBD Global/July 6, 2012/Media

The BBC Chooses Wimbledon Men's Final Over British GP

The BBC "will give precedence" to the Wimbledon men’s singles final on Sunday when coverage "clashes with the British Grand Prix," according to Charles Sale of the London DAILY MAIL. The decision was made regardless of whether or not Brit Andy Murray is competing in the final. The BBC, who "flagged up the conflicting dates to no avail" with F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, intend to move the Grand Prix from BBC1 to BBC2 "just before the start of the Silverstone race" at 1pm GMT. This will allow for "all the build-up and the tennis showcase action on the main channel." There are some who are "upset within the Corporation that Ecclestone has scheduled the Grand Prix for the climax of Wimbledon." However, the BBC are now "very much the junior TV rights partners" since Sky’s arrival in motor racing this year (DAILY MAIL, 7/4).
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