Channel 4 will be the terrestrial home of the FIA Formula One World Championship from 2016-2018 in a new deal agreed today with Formula One World Championship Limited.
Channel 4 will broadcast 10 live Formula 1 races, including practice and qualifying sessions, in each of the three FIA Formula One World Championship seasons from 2016 to 2018. It will also broadcast comprehensive highlights of all 21 Grands Prix and qualifying sessions – including those shown live by Sky Sports F1. All of the live coverage and highlights will be broadcast free-to-air and in high definition.
Channel 4 says that no advertising breaks will be taken through the duration of the live races.
“I am sorry that the BBC could not comply with their contract but I am happy that we now have a broadcaster that can broadcast Formula 1 events without commercial intervals during the race,” comments Bernie Ecclestone, Chief Executive Officer of the Formula One group. “I am confident that Channel 4 will achieve not only how the BBC carried out the broadcast in the past but also with a new approach as the World and Formula 1 have moved on.”