Peter Blackman, Strategic Director, Save Our BBC says:
BBC is out of the Premier League
The BBC is completely unable to compete for many events which it has been famed for broadcasting previously. The BBC is out of its depth; not in the same league.
It is reported by BBC News that: “The Premier League has sold television rights to its games for a record £5.136bn, 71% above last time. Sky paid £4.2bn for five of the seven TV packages while rival BT paid £960m for the other two in the record TV rights auction. The deal will run for three years from 2016. Sky paid 83% more than it did in the last round three years ago. BT paid 18% more and has increased the number of live matches it will show from 38 to 42 a year.”
What would people say if the BBC paid such a huge increase for anything? When people howl with rage about payments made by the BBC to staff and stars do they put it in the context of what commercial broadcasters pay?
BBC News continued saying: “The last TV rights auction in 2012 was also won by Sky and BT. BT will pay £320m per season, against £246m per season at present. The communications giant said that equated to £7.6m per game. Sky, meanwhile, said it will pay £1.392bn per year, or £11.07m per match, for the right to broadcast 126 live matches, 10 more than currently, and the maximum Sky was allowed to bid for under the auction rules. It means Sky will pay £4.1bn of the total £5.136bn deal.
The Premier League TV rights auction had been expected to raise as much as £4.4bn. Sky admitted the amount it paid for the TV rights was about £330m more than analysts had forecast. The results of the auction means it will cost the two broadcasters an average of £10.19m per game to show a single Premier League match. The bidding process has pushed up the price for the right to broadcast Premier League matches substantially in recent years.
The results of the latest auction sees BT and Sky pay more than double the £1.77bn paid for the right to broadcast Premier League matches in 2011.”
Did the BBC even bother to prepare and submit a bid? I doubt it. What is the result of no live Premier football on the BBC or terrestrial TV? Can football in the long term remain ‘the national sport’ if only a self-selecting minority audience watch it? Do we miss the cultural and social contribution to civil society the BBC makes with its broadcasting of events?