Keep F1 on free-to-Air TV
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Formula one is the pinnacle of motorsport. Millions of fans from around the world watch as the greatest teams and drivers battle it out to become world champions. However, since 2015, the UK’s average audience has dropped from 3.1 million (BBC coverage) to an average of 2.5 million ( 1.9 million of channel 4 coverage and 652,000 of Sky’s coverage). To stop this decline, Liberty Media who own F1 need to attract new fans to the sport, especially the younger generations. Unfortunately, this isn’t happening and probably won’t happen because of one main reason.
In 2019, F1 in the UK will become exclusive to Sky customers, which means no more free-to-Air coverage. I have seen many people on social media complaining that once this happens, they will no longer be able to watch the sport they love. I am one of them. As a 17 year old, I have only been following F1 for about 5 years. However, my interest in the sport was first raised when I was 7 and Lewis Hamilton won he’s first world championship. If it wasn’t for free-to-Air F1 I would have never been able to watch my beloved sport. And that’s what will happen if Formula One goes exclusively to Sky. It won’t just effect me. It will effect all the other thousands of F1 fans and potential F1 fans who can’t afford to watch Sky. Plus, let’s not forget that in many households, Sky is not available due to landlords not having Sky installed or simply not having access to internet cables.
Please sign this petition. We can’t let our sport die.
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