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The England and Wales Cricket Board’s non-executive directors have recommended that the governing body’s current Chairman, Colin Graves, should remain in the role for an additional six-month period, until November 2020.

The extension will allow Graves (pictured) to oversee the first season of The Hundred, a new ECB competition that will form a key component of a new five-year strategic plan that has been dubbed ‘Inspiring Generations’.

The recommendation will be put to the ECB’s membership for consideration at the organisation’s annual general meeting on 7th May.

CSM Live and Formula E in sustainable signage first

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship will roll out new sustainable branding and trackside signage for the remaining races of the electric car-racing series’ 2018/19 campaign after linking up with global branding supplier CSM Live.

The division of the CSM Sport & Entertainment marketing and branding agency was tasked with developing non-PVC material to reduce plastic production and waste at Formula E events.

Motorsport UK in major governance reforms

Motorsport UK has announced major changes to the administration of motorsport in the UK, following an extraordinary general meeting of the Royal Automobile Club in London.

The governing body has adopted new articles of association, which bring it in line with Sport England’s Code of Governance and best practice.

The move will see the Motorsport UK Board become the ultimate decision-making body in the governance of UK motorsport - historically the role of the Motorsport Council. 

Formula E set for London return

Formula E has confirmed its global series will return to London in 2020 with a new venue around the Royal Docks and ExCeL.

The electric racing series last appeared in the capital in 2016, when the London ePrix took place for a second successive year in Battersea Park.

The stage was subsequently discontinued amid opposition from the local community to the disruption caused to the site.  

F1 and Netflix launch new docuseries

Formula 1 and Netflix have revealed further details of a 10-part behind-the-scenes docuseries that will launch on the platform next month.

Formula 1: Drive to Survive will debut worldwide on Friday, 8th March, with F1 promising it will “reveal the true story of the sport, […giving] fans a real insight into the personal lives of their heroes on and off the track.”

Extreme E off-road Racing set for 2021

A new electric off-road racing series has launched as an offshoot of Formula E.

The five-race Extreme E series will see electric sport utility vehicles compete in extreme environments around the world.

The fully-funded venture will be operated in association with Formula E, organisers of the ABB FIA Formula E Championships. It has been spearheaded by Formula E Chairman Alejandro Agag and fellow leading motorsport figure Gil de Ferran.

BT Sport inks new World Rally deal

BT Sport has extended its partnership with World Rally Championship (WRC) Promoter, promising UK fans increased coverage of the series in 2019.

The broadcaster has agreed a multi-year deal and plans to “significantly” step up its live coverage from all 14 rounds of the year-round competition, which begins with Rallye Monte-Carlo on Thursday 24th January.

BT Sport adds Formula E rights

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.

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