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does this mean it will be interesting again DISCUSS or something
going round and round and round and round and round for adverts.
I agree with you about the BBC (since about 1994 anyway), but to say you enjoy ANY ITV sport coverage immensely is just plain weird.
I'LL STILL BE ABLE TO WATCH NEIGHBOURS WHEN WIMBLEDON STARTS!!!!!111!
You ARE being a moody fuck today
plus (hopefully) no more James Allen and less blatant bias towards LEWIS HAMILTON!!!!!!11!1!11!!!!1111 OMG *cums*
with extremely dull personalities drive a few million quids worth of technology round and round a bit of track?
they bring back the fleetwood mac theme tune
once you learn how to play that on bass you never EVER look back.
I hate James Allen - someone should lock him in a safe or something
is the most exciting thing about this news!!
but for now
1) Martin Brundle MUST be hired. Completely essential. He's one of the best commentators for any sport, more or less perfect -- knows his stuff, bias is kept to a reasonable level (see comments about Coulthard last week). His insight bits were brilliant as well. I don't see why it shouldn't happen with the reverse occuring when it went to ITV in '97. I would go absolutely crazy if he wasn't taken on.
2) Leave the rest. Most importantly, go absolutely nowhere near James Allen and Louise Goodman. Or Steve Ryder. Or Ted Kravitz. Or Mark Blundell. Martin Brundle's the only thing tolerable in regards to the ITV team. The BBC can do better than this for sure, see:
3) Ben Edwards. If they can get him, definitely go for it. He'd be absolutely perfect alongside Brundle with their styles, Edwards being really energetic, Brundle being very rational, knowledgeable etc. Would be a really great commentary team with those two. Perfect.
4) Suzi Perry. Most people would kill me for suggesting this. But I can't help it, I love her! Although it does present MotoGP issues which I'll present later...
5) THE CHAIN! It damn well better be back. Cut all this flashy nonsense ITV go with - The Chain means F1 to me. Please, please, please BBC.
6) Red button / internet streaming of live practice sessions as ITV have started doing. Also, a great innovation would be to have the timing sheets (as on the official F1 website) available on red button, so as you can flick to it and keep up with times.
7) More pre/post race coverage (than was on BBC before). I don't mind there being less than the hour ITV currently do, so long as it's all interesting, and most of the ITV stuff isn't. But there needs to be more than the 10 minutes BBC used to do prior to races, and not cutting as soon as they're over. There should always be the full press conference, a good few interviews and a decent amount of analysis. Eastenders is not a sufficiently good reason to cut coverage on the podium ceremony. And EVERY qualifying session live. Whatever it clashes with.
8) I wonder what will happen to MotoGP? Given that there are often races at the same time, or near the same time, surely the BBC aren't going to have motorsport coverage on both channels? I hope it won't affect MotoGP too much, because I love watching it (even if the BBC commentators for it are kinda rubbish). Also, I do love Suzi Perry there, and of course bikes is her thing, it's what she knows about. But I really do think she'd be fantastic in a Louise Goodman, or even a Brundle gridwalk style role. She doesn't ask ridiculous questions / be generally annoying like Louise (as previously mentioned, BBC if you so much as think about hiring her I'm never paying a license fee ever), and drivers would probably like her a lot more. I'm kind of unsure on that one. Well, so long as she's on either that's fine.
9) There are 22 drivers on the grid. Maybe more or less by 2009. Lewis Hamilton is good and British, I get that. It's completely reasonable to expect more coverage for him than others. But don't just completely ignore the rest. It's impossibly irritating to hear constant crap about whichever British driver (usually Hamilton) when important stuff is happening elsewhere.
Not as epic as I was planning on doing later, but I got a bit carried away.
I'll love anyone who reads all that eternally.
he's the Willie Thorne of F1 'done it all' without winning anything, though lugubriously knowledgeable and slightly workmanlike and probably from Leicester
Suzi Perry would be pretty awesome. But even you have to admit she's be eight billion times better than Louise Goodman? She's embarrassing to watch / listen to...
thinking about it, I'd probably stick with Ted Kravitz from ITV (not great, but certainly not bad, nor banal) and find someone else entirely for the "Louise Goodman" role. Suzi Perry is probably best left with what she loves most - the bikes, particularly with the more approachable nature of the riders there.
BBC continue to show MotoGP...? If they do, then sure, it's probably the right place for her.
agree with all of this.
Yes he was a blathering fool, but no one has his passion
Ben Edwards works fine, thanks.
A man with true passion for the sport who, for example, openly admitted to having to stop commentating due to having a lump in his throat after Damon Hill claimed the title > Monotonous tedium of James Allen et al who'd rather discuss tyre degradation or fuel temperatures.
and he has been for quite a while. Bring him on for little clips and you know, give him a section of prerace or something. But not in the commentary box.... he's not observant, he doesn't seem to know what's going on, he'd be pretty useless. And tyre degredation is kind of a big issue.... anyhow with Ben Edwards they'd have someone with that kind of Murray Walker enthusiasm.
are the best thing about it! Steve + Charlie FTW!
I always have to mute it and stick other commentary on.
they're really funny AND knowledgable. plus they have great 'chemistry'.
That makes 6. Six is a nice number. It's a multiple of 3.
Girlfriend, not wife. She can count as a wife, they've been together for like always.
of the licence fee.
third it and fourth it as well.
I'm just saying F1 is a monumental waste of OUR money.
is exactly like you, liking exactly the same things.....
it would stop these so called 'sports' being shown on our screens.
So how exactly is F1 not a sport? You seriously need to get over yourself.
I'll make a deal with you. I'll stop laying into F1 if you stop making narrow minded and pathetic comments about London. Deal?
Because if it is, I'll take it.
so how about you also can't say mean things about Roque and Kaka?
the ultimate deal.
I will not say anything about Kaka, F1 or Roque Santa Cruz, if you NEVER post in a thread about London EVER again.
(so long as it's clarified that I can't post in threads about London, not threads where London is an incidental matter - and in those I won't post about London as such)
and I won't post anything about the above unless its in a positive manner, such as, 'Kaka is a good christian boy'
and lest we overlook, the BBC didn't outbid ITV, ITV decided to suddenly stop showing it a year before their contract ends - the BBC are apparently possibly going to outbid ITV for the Champions League rights. WHERE IS YOUR GOD NOW, RIDER?
(Oh, alright, ITV have the FA Cup and England home games from next season, but everyone took the piss out of the BBC when that was all the domestic football they were left with)
by everything that's being said... for ITV to drop out now.... I just don't see the sense in it all. There's probably a hell of a lot more to it, than just 'a commerical decision' or whatever they're saying.
because ITV've been slow with switching to HD/multi-stream coverage. Apparently he has a clause that allows him to do so after 3 years of the deal.
that ITV have put their F1 budget towards the Champions League rights - probably in an attempt to stop the BBC from grabing those Wednesday games.
I'll just try and direct it to that one MP.
Who is quite obviously a freak.
and felt like pointlessly pointing that out.il leave this thread now :)
"With half the race gone, there is half the race still to go"
"And there's just a few more corners for Nigel Mansell to go to win the Canadian Grand Prix...and...he's going rather slow....HE'S STOPPING HE'S STOPPING!"
Murray: There's a fiery glow coming from the back of the Ferrari
James: No Murray, that's his rear safety light
"This is an interesting circuit because it has inclines, and not just up, but down as well."
"This has been a great season for Nelson Piquet, as he is now known, and always has been"
"Only a few more laps to go and then the action will begin, unless this is the action, which it is."
"And an enormous gap building before Mika Hakkinen goes through in third position...when I say enormous it's 1.5 seconds"
"An Achilles heel for the McLaren team this year, and it's literally the heel because it's the gearbox"
"Mansell is slowing it down, taking it easy. Oh no he isn't! It's a lap record."
"It's not quite a curve, it's a straight actually."
"Barrichello, when asked yesterday how he thought he would go tomorrow, which is now today..."
"That's history. I say history because it happened in the past"
note with interest HIS famous quotes.
he can do it from his sofa for all I care
loved it - got this off Wikipedia as well:
"On March 20th 2008, while being interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live, Walker was asked if he'd consider a return to the TV commentary box when Formula 1 returns to the BBC in 2009. He answered "Never say never"."
"It's lap 26 of 58, which unless I'm very much mistaken is half way"
"You might not think that's cricket, and it's not, it's motor racing"
"The advantage of jumping the start is that you can get away a lot quicker."
"Are they on a one-stopper? Are they on a two? And when I say they, who do I mean? Well, I don¹t know. It could be anybody."
"Even in five years time, he will still be four years younger than Damon Hill."
"The lead car is unique, except for the one behind it which is identical."
"There's nothing wrong with the car except that it's on fire."
"I'll stop my startwatch."
But I was bored and wanted to end with my favourite one. So I did.
'Is Lewis Ok'
'And yes we know Kimi likes a drink'
'Whilst on my way over with the Ferrari boys in their private jet'
he is surely the greatest man on earth.
thing here is no ads in the middle of the bloody race.
Also, are they ever going to change qualifying so the cars don't waste so many laps at the start doing bugger all? It's bad for the environment and viewing.
It's fine how they are doing it right now. Having less than ten minutes for a session wouldn't work.