Sky Sports F1 – Top 10 ratings (week ending 17th February, 2013)

From BARB:

1 – 34k – The F1 Show (Friday, 21:30)
2 – 31k – The F1 Show (Sunday, 19:00)
3 – 25k – The F1 Show (Friday, 18:30)
4 – 21k – Inside Track: Lewis at Mercedes (Tuesday, 19:46)
5 – 16k – Legends (Saturday, 14:00)
6 – 13k – Day 3: Jerez Test (Monday, 23:00)
7 – 13k – Car Unveiling: Red Bull (Friday, 19:30)
8 – 10k – Paul di Resta: 2013 Preparations (Tuesday, 19:30)
9 – 8k – Ted’s Notebook: Jerez Day 3 (Monday, 23:16)
10 – 8k – Day 4: Jerez Test (Monday, 23:37)

Solid start to The F1 Show, when you consider that it was simulcast on Sky Sports 1 for the Friday, 18:30 airing. I still think Sky expect higher figures for The F1 Show, so it will be interesting to see how the figures progress as the season begins.

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Scheduling: Sky Sports’ coverage of Barcelona test 2

The testing season comes to a conclusion this week, beginning on Thursday, with the third and final test from Barcelona. But this time, for the first time ever, testing will be live. Viewers in both the UK and Italy will be able to watch the test via their respective Sky Sports F1 channels, whilst coverage will also be shown in 3D on Sky 3D. The 3D action will be a Sky production, whilst the 2D production will come from Formula One Management (FOM) cameras.

Simon Lazenby will front the coverage, with David Croft providing the commentary alongside a series of guests, whilst Ted Kravitz will be down in pit-lane – in essence, this is ‘Round 0’ for the Sky team. Rachel Brookes will be there for Sky Sports News, so she may pop up occasionally in the live coverage. As a general guide, all of the live action is in 3D, along with The F1 Show. The only live action that is not in 3D is the last 35 minutes on Sunday, as from 15:55, Sky 3D will be showing Tottenham vs Arsenal live.

On a side note, as FOM are producing the 2D feed, I wonder if Sky Sports have ‘exclusive’ access to that feed for United Kingdom viewers? If not, then it is always possible that the feed could turn up live on the BBC F1 website for each of the four days in the afternoon too. Personally I don’t think it will, but it is worth noting I feel. Another thing we don’t know is whether Sky’s coverage will have commercials, I suspect that like the practice sessions, there will be regular commercials at 15/20 minute intervals.

Over on The F1 Show, the show will have highlights of the Motor Sport Magazine Hall of Fame ceremony which takes place this Monday (25th February). Unlike with the first two test schedules, I’ve only labelled the first repeat for each of the day’s live action below as the live action is repeated a lot over the course of the four days, so if you miss the live testing, it is repeated multiple times.

Thursday 28th February
14:00 to 16:30 – Day 1 Live
18:30 to 21:00 – Day 1 Repeat (R)
21:00 to 21:35 – Day 1 Highlights
– 15-minute round-up at 21:00
– Ted’s Notebook at 21:15

Friday 1st March
14:00 to 16:30 – Day 2 Live
16:30 to 17:30 – The F1 Show
17:30 to 20:00 – Day 2 Repeat (R)
21:00 to 21:15 – Day 2 Round-Up

Saturday 2nd March
14:00 to 16:30 – Day 3 Live
18:30 to 21:00 – Day 3 Repeat (R)
21:00 to 21:35 – Day 3 Highlights
– 15-minute round-up at 21:00
– Ted’s Notebook at 21:15

Sunday 3rd March
14:00 to 16:30 – Day 4 Live
18:30 to 21:00 – Day 4 Repeat (R)
21:00 to 21:35 – Day 4 Highlights
– 15-minute round-up at 21:00
– Ted’s Notebook at 21:15

Times above are in BST. Italian readers, Sky Sport F1 will be live on air at the same times with their own presentation.

As always, if there are any schedule amendments, I will update this blog.

Correction – Contrary to what I have written above, Sky are in fact producing both the 2D and 3D feeds. The 3D cameras can output in both 2D and 3D, so everything live next week will be a Sky production.

Update on February 25th – Marc Priestley confirmed as one of the guests alongside David Croft in the commentary box this weekend.

Sky Sports F1 to broadcast full Classic races throughout 2013

Sky Sports F1 are to broadcast five Classic races before every race weekend throughout the 2013 season, The F1 Broadcasting Blog can confirm.

Starting in Australia, the channel will broadcast a mixture of extended highlights and full races, depending on the timeframe that the particular race falls within. The schedule for Australia is as follows:

– 1994 Australian Grand Prix (extended highlights)
– 1999 Australian Grand Prix (full race)
– 2003 Australian Grand Prix (full race)
– 2007 Australian Grand Prix (full race)
– 2010 Australian Grand Prix (full race)

The above races will air from Saturday 9th March to Wednesday 13th March, the timeslot being 20:30 to 22:30 on all five days.

One of my gripes last year was the lack of Classic races, which was due to Sky Sports’ lack of material in their own archive. Between 2009 and 2012, BBC were lucky in that they had Formula 1 material before 1997 in their archive, therefore their Classic races series’ was mainly based on that timeframe, whereas Sky were not as lucky meaning they were restricted in what they could do – unless they went to Formula One Management (FOM) to request footage.

Nevertheless, it is a great move to see that a dedicated channel will have significantly more content during the week than what was present in 2012. Five Classic races is just the right amount, any more and there would be overload. I’m happy with five, personally. Some of the choices for Australia are not ‘obvious’ choices, for example 1999, but it saves races for future years, which is good.

Sky Sports F1 – Top 10 ratings (week ending 10th February, 2013)

From BARB:

1 – 46k – Car Unveiling: Red Bull (Monday, 19:01)
2 – 36k – Day 4: Jerez Test (Friday, 21:00)
3 – 34k – Ted’s Notebook: Jerez Day 3 (Saturday, 15:12)
4 – 32k – Day 3: Jerez Test (Thursday, 21:02)
5 – 31k – Ted’s Notebook: Jerez Day 4 (Friday, 21:16)
6 – 30k – Day 1: Jerez Test (Tuesday, 21:02)
7 – 29k – Ted’s Notebook: Jerez Day 2 (Saturday, 14:42)
8 – 25k – Day 3: Jerez Test (Saturday, 14:57)
9 – 24k – Ted’s Notebook: Jerez Day 1 (Saturday, 14:13)
10 – 22k – Ted’s Notebook: Jerez Day 2 (Thursday, 16:45)

As I noted in my overnight ratings piece, a really great set of ratings for testing. It will be extremely interesting to see how the live action does for test three.

Ofcom clear BBC, Sky over Sebastian Vettel swearing

Ofcom have today revealed in their bi-weekly Broadcast Bulletin that they have received complaints over Sebastian Vettel’s swearing at last year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix however, both BBC and Sky have been cleared by the regulator over the matter. At the time, the BBC said that they received 21 complaints.

The relevant transcript is as follows:

David Coulthard: “Well, your name is up there as a double world champion. Do you now feel that you’ve got your hand on one side of the cup for a third world title?”
Sebastian Vettel: “Um, I think there’s still two races to go so obviously we see how quickly things can change. Yesterday was a surprise for us. I think would we have start from third it would have been a different race but, yeah, it was obviously a chance to fuck it up and we didn’t do that.”
David Coulthard: “OK, well, Sebastian, thank you for those words, and we should just remind our audience that he is speaking in his second language. We apologise for the choice of words that you had.”

The language used therefore was a violation of Ofcom Rule 1.14 of the Broadcasting Code which says “The most offensive language must not be broadcast before the watershed (in the case of television)[.]” (confusingly, no mention is made of Kimi Raikkonen’s swearing – in the same sequence, Raikkonen uttered the word ‘shit’)

Both BBC and Sky explained to Ofcom that the footage where the swearing was present was part of Formula One Management’s (FOM) World Feed, whilst BBC noted that they have discussed the matter with FOM. On both channels, the presenter (Jake Humphrey and Simon Lazenby) apologised for Vettel’s swearing. Whilst the phrase uttered was a clear breach of the Broadcasting Code, Ofcom noted that the swift apology from both broadcasters’ led to them resolving the matter.

It is not the first time Formula 1 has come under the wrath of Ofcom, a similar occasion was in 2006 when ITV received complaints about content broadcast as part of the World Feed during the 2006 Bahrain Grand Prix.

I discussed the podium and press conference here following Vettel’s swearing, it will be interesting to see whether they change the procedure again for 2013, or whether they retain the format used in the latter half of 2012.