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BBC and Sky announce 2012 broadcast plans // The UK broadcasters confirm which races they will cover live

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This is F1Minute - BBC and Sky announce 2012 broadcast plans.

The announcement this year that the BBC would halve their output of F1 coverage for 2012, with Sky picking up the broadcast rights to the full season has caused plenty of controversy amongst fans in the UK, but a lot has been speculation.

Today, both parties announced a step in their plans for the new season, with Sky confirming they would create a dedicated channel for Formula One. Branded Sky Sports F1 HD the channel will show every race, practice and qualifying session live, plus give interactive content along with archives, interviews and magazine shows.

Meanwhile, the BBC have announced which ten weekends of the 20 race calendar they will be broadcasting live and in full - Spain, Monaco, Valencia, Britain, Belgium, Singapore, Korea, Abu Dhabi and Brazil.

A team will be travelling to all the races, even those they aren’t showing in full - extensive highlights will cover those weekends, programmes from 90 minutes up to two hours.