BT Sport adds Formula E rights

12 Dec 2018

By: Sport Industry Group

BT Sport has secured live rights to the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, beginning with Season Five, which gets underway on 15th December in Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.

The agreement adds to BT Sport's motorsport rights portfolio, which also includes MotoGP, European Le Mans, Grand Prix, British Speedway and the World Rally Championship.

The broadcaster is promising the UK's "most comprehensive" coverage of the 13-race series, which is set to introduce a number of innovations in 2018-19.

Its coverage will include preview shows, live practice and qualifying, the races and highlights until the season comes to an end in New York City in July 2019.

As part of the deal, BT Sport will also broadcast the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY, the world’s first all-electric production-based international race series, which will run alongside the Formula E season.

The inaugural Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series will see 20 production-based Jaguar I-PACE race cars with identical specifications go head-to-head on city street tracks over ten rounds.

Simon Green, head of BT Sport, said: “With the addition of Formula E, BT Sport customers can enjoy even more racing action on the home of live motorsport in the UK.”

Ali Russell, media and business development director at Formula E, added: “With the closest and most progressive racing series entering its biggest season to date, it’s great that fans across the UK get to watch every session of Formula E.

"On top of that, our first support series - the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY - is championing the real race to road story.”

The move follows news of Formula E's first UK terrestrial rights deal with the BBC.

The British public broadcaster will screen every race of the electric streetcar series this season via the BBC Sport website, BBC iPlayer and TV red button platforms.

The free-to-air agreement will also see one E-Prix aired live on BBC network television.

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