BBC and Sky confirm shared live coverage of F1 races in 2014
20 December, 2013
Following a very successful 2013 season which saw 27.8 million people* watching F1 racing on the BBC (which is an increase of 1.2 million on 2012) the BBC today confirms it will show the following Grands Prix live on television in 2014:
- Malaysia – 30 March
- Spain - 11 May
- Canada - 8 June
- Silverstone - 6 July
- Belgium - 24 August
- Italy - 7 September
- Japan - 5 October
- Russia - 12 October
- Abu Dhabi - 23 November
The remaining ten races will be shown as extended highlights, which are proving increasingly popular with audiences – the highlights from Germany saw a peak audience of 7.7 million.
All 19 races will be live on BBC Radio 5 live or 5 live sports extra.
BBC Head of F1, Ben Gallop says “It has been another great year for F1 on the BBC. We’re now very much looking forward to 2014 and feel we have a strong package for our TV coverage. This format of both live and highlights is attracting a wide range of viewers and we hope to see even more people tuning in next year to experience the magic of Formula 1.”
As in previous years, the division of live and non-live races is reached through a negotiation process with fellow broadcaster Sky, the BBC does not just pick a list of races to show live. Preferred picks are based on a wide variety of factors with the BBC aiming to put together a strong cross-section of the season that delivers for audiences, with those not shown live on TV strongly complemented by extended TV highlights, live radio and online coverage.
Meanwhile, Sky announced: “The grands prix to be shown live only on Sky Sports F1 include three of the first four races and two of the final three. The ten races to be shown exclusively live are Australia, Bahrain, China, Monaco, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Singapore, USA and Brazil. All of the remaining nine races will also be shown live on Sky Sports F1.” (Press Release)
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