FOCA TV to broadcast China

Good news for Formula 1 fans is that Bernie Ecclestone's FOCA TV operation will be largely responsible for the TV pictures from the inaugural Chinese Grand Prix

FOCA TV to broadcast China

The quality of Grand Prix TV coverage is highly variable depending on the competence of the host broadcasters. The relatively few fans who subscribed to Sky's F1 pay-TV coverage, which stalled at the end of 2002, know the huge potential for improvement over what is currently offered on free-to-air television.

"It's something that we are doing in a joint operation with CCTV (the national Chinese network)," Ecclestone said at Shanghai, "trying to get them into how we do it and then they will be on their own. They are more than capable of doing the job."

Ecclestone added, however, that he is still actively interested in reviving his 'Bakersville' operation and providing the host feed at as many races as possible.

"It's a case of really getting everyone to be happy with us doing it, and we are doing" he said. "We've done the first three races this year, we're doing this one and next year we'll probably be doing 50% of the races. It will be the same kind of operation as before."

ITV presenter Jim Rosenthal welcomed the news and said: "Without wanting to knock anyone, what we get is highly variable in quality. There is a lot of room for improvement. Formula 1 is perhaps the world's most technically advanced sport and we need TV pictures to match if we are going to compete with advances made in the coverage of other sport."

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