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I, however, have no issue with the principle.
Women's FA Cup final I'm okay with.
Women's World Cup - how much of it? Just the England Games and the final? What else?
Football League Cup final I'm okay with.
I thought the FA Cup semi-finals were already FTV?
The outside of the EFL or EPL tie is a good idea I'm in favour of that.
I think with the success of the Men's cricket this year and some of it being on FTV a couple of test matches a year would be good. Don't think the ashes needs to be though, that's a lot of TV time and money.
Not sure if there is really big enough demand for the women's cricket? How much does that get viewing wise now on whatever channel it is currently on?
The Open yes.
Women's open, I would be hesitant again, because of demand reasons.
Liberty F1 currently have an agreement in place for the British Grand Prix to be on FTV (Channel 4 atm) as well as the usual Sky. No change there needed.
Last F1 Grand Prix I'm not sure. One would assume because it's the last race it's the title decider, but way more often that not the championship has been decided elsewhere. And in the least decade or so and for the next few years the last race has mostly been the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix which mostly boring and overtaking is restricted. It's not got the excitement that Brazil (which has been penultimate most recently) has.
I would assume that this is the act that NS is referring to and as such will support the Leader of the Opposition and suggest that the Rt. Hon. Member put his current statement into cessation while the government takes a view as to its next steps be they to amend or withdraw.
Generally speaking i would oppose such a statement on the basis that i believe private business (though i admit we have a grey area while the BBC still remains public) should not be told what it should and should not air. When Bernie sold the F1 rights to Sky a few years ago he took a risk that by having to pay for it viewing figures would decline, they have not.
Government has no place in the media or sport to this extent.
While there is a case for the British Grand Prix, and it has remained available live FTV there isn't really one for the final race, not least given the championship rarely goes to the last race.
Why should the Women's Ashes be FTV but not the Men's, especially when the men's game is the one that is actually commercially viable meaning pay to view actually want it.
So much of the list is totally arbitrary and based on misguided beliefs about women's sport to push a pro equality agenda contrary to the facts of life.
04MR17 no comment from the government as to whether these are Group A, Group B, or a mix of the two or explanation of some of the seemingly arbitrary items?
And while we're at it why no Paralympics (irrespective of group), or commonwealth games and Six nations if strictly group A?