(GMM) F1 broadcaster ITV has been censured by the British television watchdog after cutting to a commercial break during the exciting climax to the San Marino GP.
'Ofcom' ruled that ITV breached Section 6.7(b) of the industry rules by returning after a nearly three minute break to the Michael Schumacher versus Fernando Alonso battle on the last lap.
''In retrospect,'' a statement cited ITV's defense, ''the break should have been taken earlier but, at the time, it had been a difficult call to make.''
ITV, who took over the F1 mantle from the BBC in 1997, had also been criticised for cutting to another break instead of airing Jenson Button's comments in the post race conference.
Ofcom, though - despite the disapproval - took no action.
Written: Mon, 18 Jul 2005 20:50:37
- November 04, 2008Record TV audiences
- September 03, 2008New F1 TV deal for Asia
- April 11, 2006Melbourne TV ratings lowest ever
- January 01, 2006Canadian GP viewing record
- July 18, 2005F1 broadcaster guilty
- February 27, 2005TV decides qualifying success
- February 20, 2005Little interest in Sunday qualifying
- December 16, 2004F1's popularity waning
- (July 18, 2005)View all headlines from this date