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Ecclestone claims BBC had the ultimate decision with car finance deal with Sky

F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has come forward to speak about the new TV rights deal which will see the BBC and Sky share the rights to F1. Speaking to the Mirror, Ecclestone said:

F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has come forward to speak about the new TV rights deal which will see the BBC and Sky share the rights to F1. Speaking to the Mirror, Ecclestone said:

"They (BBC) got to grips with Sky themselves,"

"I spoke with ITV too, and came up with the same problem as Channel 4 had. We had a contract with the BBC which didn't run out until 2014."

Ecclestone was then asked if the BBC were in control of the deal, to which the F1-ace replied: "Yes, absolutely.

"If they (Channel 4) had said they wanted to sign a contract today to start broadcasting for 45 million pounds a year, then we would have probably done it.

"But that's the problem. We couldn't deal with them, even if they had wanted to."

But despite a large amount of distress from the UK public regarding the deal, Ecclestone claims it can only be a good thing.

"In the short-term, I think that collectively taking in the amount of broadcasting that's going to be scheduled between the two of them next year, there will be more eyeballs watching than we have now.

"That's good for us, good for the teams and good for the fans," he said.

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