Formula E lands BBC deal

14 Nov 2018

By: Sport Industry Group

Formula E has scored a landmark terrestrial broadcast rights deal in the UK.

The BBC, for the first time, will screen every race of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship via its website and TV red button platforms.

The new partnership deal with the British public broadcaster will see the fully electric street racing series aired live across the BBC, starting on the 15th December with the opening race of season five.

The Ad Diriyah E-Prix in Saudi Arabia will also mark a landmark for Formula E, as the 11 teams and 22 drivers head to the Middle East for the first time.

The BBC had last broadcast live motorsport in the form of Formula One, with the climax of the 2015 season. Its broadcasting arrangement will run alongside the deal Formula E has already in place to show the 2018/19 season live on YouTube in the UK.

Every race over the seven-month, 12 city, Formula E Championship calendar, including those in Hong Kong, Rome, Berlin, Paris and New York, will be available to watch via the BBC Sport website, BBC iPlayer and BBC red button.

The agreement will also see one E-Prix transmitted live on the BBC network television this coming season.

Ali Russell, media and business development director at Formula E, said: “It’s imperative that Formula E remained on a free-to-air network in such an important territory and key market for motorsport.

“What better place to showcase some of the best and most competitive racing than on the BBC. We’re fully - charged and ready for the new season on the streets of the most recognisable cities - and this year promises to be more intense and unpredictable than ever.”

Barbara Slater, director of BBC Sport, added: “It’s great news that live motorsport is returning to our screens at the BBC. I’ve no doubt the upcoming season will bring with it some exciting wheel-to-wheel moments and we can’t wait for it to begin.”