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RTL Reduces Commercial Prizes For F1 Broadcasts Amid Declining Ratings

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 02 / 02 / 15

German free-to-air TV channel RTL "has reduced its commercial prizes for the upcoming F1 season," according to Sidney Schering of QUOTENMETER. IP Deutschland, RTL's commercial partner, "has reduced the prizes for TV commercials during F1 broadcasts due to declining ratings." A 30-second split screen...

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