Bernie Ecclestone: 'Sky deal is good for Formula One'

Bernie Ecclestone
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Bernie Ecclestone believes that the controversial Sky Formula One deal is good for the sport.

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has claimed that the broadcasting deal with Sky for the 2012 season will be good for the sport.

Ecclestone reached a deal with Sky and the BBC under which Sky will broadcast live coverage of every race next season while the BBC will carry 50% of races.

The deal has caused anger among some F1 supporters as Grand Prix racing has always previously been shown on free-to-air television. However, Ecclestone believes that the move is a positive one.

"It's good for Formula One," Ecclestone told "For sure there are going to be a lot more people viewing, and a lot more opportunities for people to view, so from that point of view I'm very happy."

Meanwhile, Sky have confirmed that they will only show adverts during pre-race and post-race coverage.