luieluv wrote: beefree88 wrote:
Mar wrote:Crisis on-going at the present minute in the WRC.
It seems the FIA has taken the rights management from NOS, or the Qataries have gone away... Not clear yet, it all has happened today.
It seems, some of the guys who prepared the TV highlights have already received this evening an e-mail from NOS telling them, they just lost their jobs (my best whishes for Julian Porter and all the unknown cameramen, etc).
Rumours is that Eurosport will get the rights' management (not the rights per se), at least in Monte Carlo and Sweden, but it is not confirmed yet.
I like the idea of Eurosport. But I hope they employ at least some of the guys who lost their jobs today.
It's sad, that Porter and othrs lost their job. I hope at least something good comes out of it. WRC needs better coverage. Some kind of merging with IRC, or at least a deal with Eurosport could help
Honestly i am not at all impressed that rights from NOS has been snatched away. They were in a trial and error stage last season. Its so damn unfair. They could have done so much more this season and in following seasons i am sure the desired coverage requirement would have been met.
And as it is IIRC there wont be any live coverage for monte rally. Shame. So whats the point of ropingg in eurosport if monte rally wont be in their coverage.
I think one of the problems here was if NOS would have been able to broadcast anything at all this year, or not. After Antonov was arrested, CSI was taken under administration, and NOS is part of CSI. If I understood it correctly (the information is still confusing), once Antonov was arrested, the money that was going to be used to promote and broadcast the WRC this year was gone (or could not be found anywhere) and NOS needed somebody else to bring the money. They found an investment bank from Qatar but something has gone wrong (rumours is that the FIA said thanks but no thanks).
I wonder if the problem with the newly found money could be the public administration situation of CSI. What if the Lithuanians say the money coming from Qatar should go to them to compensate for the money that is supposed to have disappeared?
Eurosport has live covered the Monte Carlo the last few years and they did a great job. Last year's show was simply epic (the weather helped). They have also been showing the rest of the IRC and the WRC for years, they have experience and should be able to do it very well. The problem is that there is only one week left and nobody knows what happens with the rights. Eurosport can prepare the TV-shows and provide the right holders with then, BUT what happens with the TV stations who have the rights? they signed their contracts with NOS, those contracts shouldn't be valid any longer
It seems the timings are also a problem. The guys taking care of the timings and the car-tracking (very important for the safety) had their contract with NOS and they say they have not managed to get an answer from the FIA about their situation. They don't know if they have to take care of the timing in the Monte Carlo or not, and they have to send the trucks with the material on Monday evening or it won't be on time.
Where on earth is the FIA?!
Oh! and to make the situation even better, there is no official entry list for the Monte Carlo yet because of the mess around Mini. They have not managed to solve the situation yet, even if they are trying to find a solution where Mini doesn't really comply with the rules (Kimi!!!!!! ask for your money back, if Mini doesn't need to follow all the rules, neither you do!!!!). The thing is that if Mini doesn't enter the championship with the official backing of a manufacturer, the privateers driving Minis can't either.
EDIT: corrected the information about Mini