New details of Channel 4 2019 F1 coverage

Monday, 10 december 2018, 04:15 , by Matthew Scott

Channel 4's live and free-to-air coverage of the 2019 British Grand Prix will not be made up of Sky Sports' programming, with a deal having been struck between the British broadcasters over the sharing of Formula 1 rights, GPFans has learned.

Live F1 coverage had been due to fall off terrestrial airwaves completely next year after Sky struck an exclusive deal with Bernie Ecclestone.

That deal has not only denied the majority of British viewers the chance of watch live races from next year, but also has prevented Liberty Media from releasing F1 TV Pro on British shores.

Channel 4's F1 viewing figures have often dwarfed those of satellite station Sky, and Liberty will likely face scrutiny over a dwindling television audience in a key market, having come under fire for a similar drop in Italy this year caused by the loss of free-to-air coverage in the homeland of Ferrari.

Sky has held rights to all races since 2012, but fans have often been put off by the cost of yearly subscriptions.

Channel 4 has aired a selection of 10 races live per season since acquiring partial rights from the BBC in 2016.

Production was undertaken by Whisper Films – part-owned by former grand prix racer David Coulthard, who has worked as a pundit on the coverage.

It remains to be seen whether Channel 4 and Whisper will team up for coverage from Silverstone next year. Both declined to comment when contacted by GPFans.

However, GPFans can reveal that the C4 airing will not be a simple simulcast of Sky's footage – something the satellite company has often done across its channels in an attempt to boost viewership.

Formula 1 broadcast a world feed that comprises coverage in many countries across the world and it is possible that Channel 4 will follow suit.

As well as live coverage of the British GP, Channel 4 will also air a highlights show from every race, as the station had done over the past three years.

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Comments (14)

  • Lee Parker
    I think it's discusting we're made to pay nearly £40 a month to watch a programme that's mostly on once a fortnight I thought liberty was going to make things better but even now tosser bernie who only cared about money still causes problems now u can't even get TV pro cos of the tossers at sky by the time 2021 comes along and all these changes come in there will be no TV audience's to watch the sport anymore and I don't understand why the teams don't step in as it benefits them aswell SKY AND AGAIN Sky is killing the TV audience tell them to FUCK OFF
  • Lee Parker
    I think it's discusting we're made to pay nearly £40 a month to watch a programme that's mostly on once a fortnight I thought liberty was going to make things better but even now tosser bernie who only cared about money still causes problems now u can't even get TV pro cos of the tossers at sky by the time 2021 comes along and all these changes come in there will be no TV audience's to watch the sport anymore and I don't understand why the teams don't step in as it benefits them aswell SKY AND AGAIN Sky is killing the TV audience tell them to FUCK OFF
  • Emma Giles
    I agree with other people's comments here - I don't watch a lot of sport in general but love watching Formula 1 and love Channel 4's coverage of it - Martin Brundle and the sky team have lots of knowledge but it just isn't as good as the Channel 4 team. I can watch most tennis on Eurosport so Formula 1 is literally the only other sport I want to watch throughout and I'm not paying £6.99 to NOW tv each time there is a race on. Very disappointing but at least Channel 4 will be showing highlights - it's something
  • Felix Rossi
    This f...g sucks. Corporate greed at its very best. So sad for real F1 fans :-( (btw, I do not agree with John Sullivan who says that "the sky team are absolutely rubbish". Martin Brundle knows more about F1 than that clown Eddie Jordan). But like John, I cannot/will not pay a yearly extortionate amount for Sky, just to watch F1. What a joke...after all the discussions that were had to make the sport more entertaining, they are now alienating their fans....shame on you!
  • John Sullivan
    As a lifelong fn of F1 I am appalled at losing the live coverages of the races. Does it mean that we have lost the anchor team, also? Compared to the Change 4 team, the sky team are absolutely rubbish. I can't afford to pay for sky tv to watch my favourite, only sport, so It appears I am losing out to the greed of the management of sky. Why am I not surprised?
  • Emma Giles
    Agree with others here that Channel 4 coverage is far better than Sky 1 - it's not so much about the knowledge of Martin Brundle, which is impressive but with David Coulthard, Suzi Wolf, Mark Webber (all more recent racing drivers) Channel 4 don't lack for knowledge of the sport. And Steve Jones is very charismatic so it's more entertaining overall.
  • Jonathan D Parsons
    Sadly greed of the few, to the deprement of the many, as sky has successfully killed off many other sports because without viewers, sponsors won't give the time and effort to invest, then you end up with dwindling investment, and the downward spirel starts pay per view drivers move in racing becomes dire
  • Rona Morris
    Sky at it again it was bad enough when we only had some of the races live on channel 4 but now they want to ruin the sport completely. As a pensioner who has watched formula 1 since 1966 I am disgusted and fear that we will lose the sport altogether.
  • Rona Morris
    Sky at it again it was bad enough when we only had some of the races live on channel 4 but now they want to ruin the sport completely. As a pensioner who has watched formula 1 since 1966 I am disgusted and fear that we will lose the sport altogether.
  • Rona Morris
    Sky at it again it was bad enough when we only had some of the races live on channel 4 but now they want to ruin the sport completely. As a pensioner who has watched formula 1 since 1966 I am disgusted and fear that we will lose the sport altogether.
  • Rona Morris
    Sky at it again it was bad enough when we only had some of the races live on channel 4 but now they want to ruin the sport completely. As a pensioner who has watched formula 1 since 1966 I am disgusted and fear that we will lose the sport altogether.
  • Rona Morris
    Sky at it again it was bad enough when we only had some of the races live on channel 4 but now they want to ruin the sport completely. As a pensioner who has watched formula 1 since 1966 I am disgusted and fear that we will lose the sport altogether.
  • Rhydian Roberts
    "David Coulthard, Suzi Wolf, Mark Webber (all more recent racing drivers)". You seem to be forgetting that as well as Brundle, Sky have Johnny Herbert, Damon Hill, Ant Davidson, Paul Di Resta, Nico Rosberg and now Jenson Button on their team.
  • Emma Giles
    ps - not keen on Eddie Jordan either but he only joins for a few races

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