F1: Shock for German fans: RTL ends Formula 1 broadcast

RTL ends Formula 1 broadcast

Setback for German motorsport: RTL leaves Formula 1 reporting after 30 years. Future of the German F1 transmission unclear.

Dhe is not good news for German Formula 1 fans: RTL ends the broadcast of the Formula 1 races at the end of the season after 30 years. This threatens to move the premier class of motorsport into pay TV.

“If there are competitors in the game who are willing to offer double, you have to deal with an exit scenario”, explains RTL sports director Manfred Loppe. “Of course we will continue to try to present attractive sports offers to our viewers in the future. It is clear that economic limits play a role here as well as the changed competitive conditions. “

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RTL ends the Formula 1 broadcast

The number of spectators has continued to decrease in recent years. The golden times of the Michael Schumacher era have long since faded. In 2019, an average of 4.05 million people tuned in when the 20 Formula 1 cars went on the hunt. This resulted in an average market share of 23.2%.

RTL wants to focus more on football in the future and has secured the TV rights for international matches of the German national team, the UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Europa Conference-League.

It is still uncertain where Formula 1 fans can watch the Grands Prix in the future. It is rather unlikely that a free TV broadcaster like ARD, Eurosport or Pro7 / Sat.1 will buy the broadcasting rights. Especially with Sebastian Vettel the German figurehead could at least temporarily end his career. Instead, the races should continue to be followed by Sky – and the official Formula 1 streaming portal F1 TV.
Loppe concludes: “We have transferred Formula 1 over three decades with great love and passion as well as a courageous willingness to innovate and invest. The greatest reach and most emotional, unforgettable moments of the premier class in racing remain forever connected to RTL. ”


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