BBC sorry for Hamilton F1 blunder

The BBC has apologised after more than 700 viewers complained that the result of the Formula One German Grand Prix qualifying was given away before the highlights were broadcast.

Sports fans tuning in to BBC1’s Wimbledon coverage at the weekend were told that Lewis Hamilton had made pole position for the German Grand Prix ahead of the qualifying footage being aired .

The corporation has received 713 complaints so far about the gaffe on Saturday that occurred during a plug for the race itself which took place the following day.

The BBC has now reminded production staff to check schedules to avoid further bungles.

The corporation said: “The reference to Lewis Hamilton having secured pole position in the Formula One German Grand Prix Qualifying earlier that day was an unfortunate error made by the Wimbledon production team.

“The intention was to promote BBC1’s coverage of the German Grand Prix final the following day but, in doing so, the team failed to realise that at that point BBC1’s highlights of the qualifying had yet to be broadcast.

“We apologise for this error and that it affected some viewers’ enjoyment of our qualifying highlights programme. BBC Sport have reminded their teams of the importance of checking transmission schedules before such promotions.”

More in this Section

Richie Murphy tackles Sexton concerns

Bereft rugby fans will get to see Paul O’Connell this weekend - as a pundit

Keith Earls main concern for Ireland ahead of Paris match

Can Mesut Ozil's patience spoil the Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez show?


You might also like

Today's Stories

Paul O’Connell was destined to be a Munster lifer after all

Jerry Flannery on O'Connell: ‘You’d be dreading the call asking what you’re doing on Saturday’

Mike Quirke: Kerry running to a standstill

Kilkenny always looking forward, says Paul Murphy

Lifestyle

You will not believe what this Kilkenny artist can do on his iPad

Vinyl: Sex and drugs and rock’n’roll in new HBO drama

Chapter and verse at the Cork International Poetry Festival

How engaged are the Irish abroad in the upcoming general election

More From The Irish Examiner