Channel 4 gets live British GP and highlights deal for 2019


British F1 fans with only free-to-air access to TV will enjoy a live broadcast of the British Grand Prix next year thanks to a new deal between Channel 4 and Sky.

Pay TV broadcaster Sky will continue to have the exclusive rights to screen live F1 races in the UK in 2019. However, a new partnership between Sky and Channel 4 will result in the latter sharing live coverage of the Silverstone event, with a highlights package covering the season's additional 20 races.

"I'm delighted that we've been able to establish such an exciting and innovative partnership with Sky which will ensure that the British Grand Prix and highlights of the 2019 Formula 1 Championship remain available on free-to-air television for UK viewers," said Channel 4 CEO Alex Mahon.

Stephen van Rooyen, Sky UK and ROI CEO, was equally delighted with the new partnership.

"Today's partnership is the start of a new era of collaboration between Sky, Channel 4 and, we hope, other British broadcasters," said van Rooyen.

"Not only will this innovative partnership benefit viewers, watching via Sky or free-to-air, but it will further strengthen the ecosystem of UK broadcasters and British originated content."

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