Formula One commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone and Sky Sports F1 announced on Wednesday that they have extended their broadcasting partnership until the end of the 2024 Formula One season.
The deal will also bring to an end in the UK and Ireland free to air Formula One races with Channel 4 who currently share the coverage with Sky Sports F1 no longer showing the races live from 2019. However the new deal will see the British Grand Prix remain on a free to air channel.
Highlights from all of the Grand Prix will still be shown on a free to air terrestrial channel. As part of the expansion of Sky’s F1 coverage Sky Sport will make available at least two prime time races on Sky Mix which will launched soon.
Speaking about the contract extension Formula One Group CEO Bernie Ecclestone stated:
I am delighted that we 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 commented by saying:
This is a brilliant deal that takes Sky’s partnership with F1 to the next level. Since 2012, we have demonstrated unrivalled commitment to F1, offering fans innovations including a dedicated channel and the very best broadcasting talent. We are absolutely delighted that we are strengthening our coverage for viewers even further, with live and exclusive F1 from 2019 and the chance to watch in Ultra High Definition for the first time from next season. We are pleased to support F1 and look forward to working with them to progress, develop and enhance coverage of the championship during the agreement.
Sky Sports commentator and analyst Martin Brundle commented by saying:
I joined Sky Sports because I wanted to be part of a dedicated F1 channel with a total and long-term commitment to the sport. And we have certainly delivered on that. In a fast-changing media landscape, our coverage will get even better for F1 fans.