Just as Murdoch is being crucified, the BBC comes to his rescue by cutting a deal with his biggest money-maker, Sky, to share Formula One (Report, 29 July). This will no doubt have the effect of “using sport as a battering ram to drive up subscription numbers”. This can only boost Sky’s profits – already at £1.2bn – and increase the threat to the BBC. It will deny most fans who refuse to enrich the Murdoch empire the right to watch F1. When I was an MEP I helped to put through the directive Television Without Frontiers, which was meant to protect major sporting events being bought up by satellite and cable TV. This latest deal breaches the spirit of that directive. The government could prevent this by designating F1 as a free-to-air sport. However, given the closeness of the Tories to Murdoch, I’m not holding my breath.