FIA keeps control of Formula 1's print media accreditation

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The FIA is keeping control of the accreditation process and administration of Formula 1’s print journalists and photographers.

Before Bernie Ecclestone and Jean Todt shook hands at the Hungaroring last weekend, it was reported that the control of journalists had been a sticking point as they worked towards a new Concorde Agreement.

We reported that, prior to their signing the memorandum of understanding, Ecclestone ‘has been holding out on releasing more revenue to the FIA, in exchange for more control over the accreditation of print journalists’.

Now Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport reports that, despite fears that Ecclestone might get the control he wants, the FIA is in fact staying in charge.

Correspondent Michael Schmidt referred to the rumours that Ecclestone wanted to put print journalists “on a short leash” after some teams and suppliers “complained about critical articles”.

But the new Concorde deal “guarantees free press coverage”, Schmidt added. (GMM)

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