In April 2012, I decided to launch The F1 Broadcasting Blog. Just over ten months on, and I am extremely pleased and overwhelmed to announce that today the blog has reached the six digit mark: this blog has now been viewed over 100,000 times. Furthermore, February seen a record amount of traffic to the blog, whilst the Twitter account has recently passed 1,000 followers. To those that have read and commented on the site, thank you for your continued support. Given that the Formula One season has yet to begin, I expect the site statistics to increase throughout the season. Here are the most read blogs that have contributed to the blog reaching the 100,000 milestone:
10. BBC F1 versus Sky Sports F1: Your Verdict – November 25th, 2012
Following the conclusion of the Brazilian Grand Prix, I asked for your verdict on the 2012 Formula One broadcasting scene. The response was fantastic with many detailed responses, which led me to publish a follow-up blog picking out the best comments.
9. Jake Humphrey to join BT Vision, leaving BBC at the end of 2012 – September 18th, 2012
The initial story I published last September as it was announced that Jake Humphrey would be leaving BBC’s Formula 1 team and heading to BT Vision’s football coverage.
8. Sky Sports F1’s pre-season coverage: What’s going on? – January 19th, 2013
In the middle of January, schedules did not show much pre-season coverage on the Sky Sports F1 channel, leading me to publish the above blog. Coincidentally (or not), following this post, the schedules started to come together with content being added to the EPG regularly. The culmination of this is Sky’s live coverage of testing, which looked an unlikely scenario just six weeks ago.
7. Racing Legends, a two part series, on BBC Two – December 27th, 2012
One of the Christmas television highlights for motor sport fanatics was the Racing Legends series on BBC Two. The series, which paired a celebrity with a racing legend, was well received by racing fans.
6. The status of the IndyCar’s UK broadcasting rights – January 8th, 2013
The confusion surrounding the IndyCar rights concerned fans on the back-drop of a great year of racing in 2012. Unfortunately, it would turn out that Sky Sports opted to not renew the rights, with the series moving to ESPN. What happens from August 1st onwards though, is anyone’s guess.
5. F1 2012 DVD season review to be released in 2013 – November 10th, 2012
The news that the 2012 Formula One DVD season review would not be released until 2013 was unsurprisingly read a lot during the run up to Christmas and in the immediate aftermath.
4. Predicting the 2013 calendar pick order – September 21st, 2012
As the 2013 calendar was announced, I took a gamble, stepped into the BBC’s and Sky’s shoes and predicted what actions they would take in determining which races would be live on BBC, and which would be exclusively live on Sky. Whilst I was right some of the time, I was not right all of the time as we found out on December 21st.
3. A few thoughts on Jake Humphrey leaving the BBC – September 18th, 2012
As a follow on to number nine, later in the day on September 18th, I published my reaction to Jake Humphrey’s BBC F1 departure and speculated about who would replace him. In all cases though, I was wide of the mark.
2. Georgie Thompson leaves Sky’s F1 team – February 15th, 2013
The story that I exclusively broke earlier this month, that Georgie Thompson had left the Sky Sports F1 team after only a year in the role, with Natalie Pinkham taking over her duties.
1. Italian Grand Prix records highest rating since 1998 – September 10th, 2012
Before Jake Humphrey announced his BBC F1 departure, all was going swimmingly well. Until on the Monday after Monza it turned out that there were a few famous faces reading this blog. Cue a influx of hits sending the web traffic up many notches!
So, what happens next? At the moment, I envisage the blog content through the season to be the same as in 2012. Scheduling, ratings, social media, analysis and opinion. For those that have not seen, I recently added a contracts page, with details of some of the 2013 motor sport broadcasting contracts that are currently in place for the year. It is by no means exhaustive, but covers all of the main series’. I hope to expand the content a bit more as the racing season progresses, maybe looking at other countries’ coverage a bit more, if time allows.
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