BBC issues apology after Hamilton spoiler
10 July 2013 – The BBC has issued an apology after viewers complained the results of qualifying for the German Grand Prix were revealed before the Corporation had screened its own highlights programme. The gaff occurred during the BBC’s coverage of Wimbledon as part of a promotion for the race the following day. In total 713 people lodged complaints.
“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,” read a statement from the BBC.
“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.”