this thread is from the AGE newspaper hopefully Channel 10 can give us F1 fans a better deal than wot Channel NEIN gave us .....
Goodbye and good riddance
Channel Nine might have upset formula one fans by screening parts of Sunday's Italian Grand Prix twice (as we reported here yesterday), but soon it will not be able to.
Today's edition of Motorsport News will confirm that Nine will forgo the F1 rights at the end of this year, with Ten seemingly the only contender for 2003.
And it apparently will be a case of good riddance, a Nine source telling the magazine that when the decision was announced at a network sports staff meeting, it was greeted with cheering.
Not only was it costing the network heaps but staff had apparently grown sick of the "pedantic demands" of F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, whom one senior Nine executive described as "the hardest person I have ever dealt with".