Channel 4 replaces BBC in new UK TV deal

By on Monday, December 21, 2015
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Channel 4 has confirmed that it will show Formula 1 for the first time in 2016 after BBC Sport withdrew from its contract three years early.

BBC Sport has been seeking to cut costs and it opted out of its contract with Sky Sports, which was set to run until 2018, and its role will be taken by Channel 4.

Channel 4 will show 10 live races (including practice and qualifying) without advert breaks and will broadcast comprehensive highlights of the other 11 races, in a deal which runs until 2018.

Sky Sports will continue to show all sessions live on its channel, as it has done since the start of the 2012 campaign.

"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," said Bernie Ecclestone.

Full details of Channel 4's coverage will be made available in early 2016.

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