Posted 14 April 2012 - 12:08
I watched Sky and I thought their coverage was really good. I assume you've got BBC on one TV and Sky on another TV stef.
I didn't once feel the need to turn over to BBC for a long period of time, I only turned over at the 5-minute signal to see if there was any delay on one or the other, and turned over at 8:29am to see if BBC were off air when Sky took their break.
I liked their post-race better than BBC's last years - the only thing they need to improve on is timing, at the end of the show, and cutting off Norbert before the PC was a bit rude, although funny to see him talking to Paffett on the phone.
I did see Gary and Ted squarming to interview Ross Brawn at the end of Qualifying, looks like Gary got first dibs there. Also, I didn't spot BBC when Sky were interviewing Senna, were BBC walking in Sky's direction when the interview was taking place, or away from Senna? If BBC's was pre-recorded at 06:15 UK time as someone said, then that means the majority of their pre-show was pre-recorded.
Watching the pre-show for BBC now, what I will say is that all of BBC's features and interviews that they've done can be compact into that 55 minute pre-show on Saturday and 30 minute pre-show on Sunday whereas with Sky, you've got:
- 55 minute pre-show on Saturday
- 85 minute pre-show on Sunday
- The F1 Show on Saturday
- pre-bits for practice
BBC only need to interview say a Christian Horner once before Qualifying, whereas Sky for instance would interview him before every session and for Sky Sports News... wait, the second that's unfeasible for Sky and would quickly annoy Christian. Hence why they've got to balance things out across all three days, something BBC do not have to do because they do not broadcast a proper program on Friday (Inside F1 you could argue, but I'm not sure who actually watches that, nor if it counts).
Of course, I guess another argument is apples vs oranges, comparing Sky with a lot more airtime to BBC with less airtime is unfair. It depends what you can watch, what you choose to watch, what features you like to see and your personal preferences. It depends also how you want to compare - whole weekend coverage vs whole weekend, race day vs race day, pre-race vs pre-race. If anything, we all win with the amount of options and sound bites we can choose from.