PUB­LIC OPINION OF F1’S PAY TV FU­TURE

Sky se­cures all races ex­clu­sively from 2019 on­wards

Motor Sport News - - Headline News - By Rob Lad­brook

Live For­mula 1 cov­er­age will not be avail­able on ter­res­trial TV from 2019 af­ter Sky Sports tied up a new six-year deal to show all races ex­clu­sively, in a move that has di­vided opinion among fans of the sport.

Sky Sports an­nounced the new deal last week, which will run from 2019 un­til the end of 2024. As part of the deal, Sky Sports will have exclusive rights to broad­cast all grands prix live within the UK, but will also pro­vide free-to-air cov­er­age of all races via high­lights pack­ages. The Bri­tish Grand Prix will be shown live and free over Sky, but all other live races will be pay-per-view and for cur­rent Sky Sports sub­scribers.

F1 chief Bernie Ec­cle­stone said: “I am de­lighted we [For­mula One Man­age­ment and Sky Sports] will con­tinue to work to­gether. Sky’s com­mit­ment to the sport and stan­dard of cov­er­age is sec­ond to none.”

Sky Sports manag­ing di­rec­tor Bar­ney Fran­cis said: “Since 2012, we have demon­strated un­ri­valled com­mit­ment to F1, of­fer­ing fans in­no­va­tions, in­clud­ing a ded­i­cated chan­nel and the very best broad­cast­ing ta­lent.

“We are de­lighted to strengthen our cov­er­age for view­ers even fur­ther, with live and exclusive F1 from 2019. We look for­ward to work­ing with F1 to progress, de­velop and en­hance cov­er­age of the cham­pi­onship dur­ing the agree­ment.”

The new deal means Chan­nel 4, which picked up the re­main­der of the BBC’S F1 con­tract fol­low­ing bud­get cuts this year, will not screen live races af­ter its cur­rent deal ex­pires.

Chan­nel 4’s head of F1 Stephen Lyle said the broad­caster would look into op­tions for the fu­ture. “As far as I’m con­cerned the [Sky] news doesn’t af­fect our con­tract we have at the mo­ment, so noth­ing has changed on that score in terms of how we are ap­proach­ing it. We’ll ob­vi­ously look at it and then what to do from 2019 on­wards.

“We’ve been con­cen­trat­ing on de­liv­er­ing F1 for this sea­son and the next two. It’s been a job to get it all to­gether that quickly. At the mo­ment we’re con­cen­trat­ing on what we have.”

F1 deal Sky Sports has se­cured a six-year

All live races will be on Sky Sports in 2019

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