Ever since Sky and the BBC agreed to split F1 coverage for the UK, there have been all sorts of rumours doing the rounds about just how the partnership is going to pan out in future.
I've been told that Sky's commitment to broadcast the races free from commercial interruption is a one-year thing, and that fans can expect ad breaks from 2013 onwards. But I've not been told that by anyone from Sky, so make of it what you will...
The latest bit of news - which comes via Italian news agency AGI.it and doesn't appear to have been reported widely elsewhere - claims that Sky will hold exclusive rights to the live broadcast of races from 2013 onwards.
If that's the case, then cash-strapped British F1 fans will have to rely on the BBC's highlights coverage for their Formula One fix, with no live races available to view on FTA television.
According to AGI, this change in rights comes about thanks to a new deal between Sky and FOM. But if it is true, then it represents a breach in the promise made to British F1 fans last summer: that coverage would be split between the two broadcasters till the BBC's contract expired in 2018.
And while this new deal doesn't prevent the BBC from turning up to all of the races and doing their thing, it seems like a lot of money to spend on what is only going to be a highlights show. At this point, it looks as though the Corporation (although not the fans) would be best served by restricting their coverage to an inexpensive studio in London or Salford.
Depressing or what?