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Formula 1 suffering big decline in global TV ratings

Sebastian Vettel's dominance did not help F1 ratings 'Spain, always with an eye on Fernando Alonso, is at a 15 per cent decline', said Sanz. The analysis said the ratings decline began with Sebastian Vettel's utter dominance a few years ago, when the global audience fell from 515 million in 2011, to 500m in 2012. And Bernie Ecclestone's FOM company revealed a further drop of 50 million viewers last year, ending with a nine-race winning streak by the Red Bull driver. Sanz said major markets in China and France have not helped the situation, when the Chinese state broadcaster CCTV's coverage ended, while France moved to pay TV. Germany's ratings decline was reportedly 10 per cent last year,...
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