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Sky and Channel 4 reveal 2019 coverage plans

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12/09/2018

A new deal between Sky and Channel 4 will see the terrestrial channel retain highlights coverage of all races and live coverage of the British Grand Prix.

The deal, the first of its kind, will mean that highlights of F1 and live coverage of the 2019 British Grand Prix will be shown on Channel 4.

As part of the deal, selected Channel 4 and Walter Presents drama series will be released on the Sky and NOW TV platforms in one go, allowing customers to binge on all episodes.

"I'm delighted that we've been able to establish such an exciting and innovative partnership with Sky which will ensure that the British Grand Prix and highlights of the 2019 Formula 1 Championship remain available on free-to-air television for UK viewers," said Alex Mahon, Chief Executive Officer of Channel 4."

"Today's partnership is the start of a new era of collaboration between Sky, Channel 4," added Stephen van Rooyen, Chief Executive Officer of Sky UK & ROI, "and, we hope, other British broadcasters.

"Not only will this innovative partnership benefit viewers, watching via Sky or free-to-air, but it will further strengthen the ecosystem of UK broadcasters and British originated content."

Key Highlights of Sky and Channel 4's Partnership

In the autumn, Series 1 of Sky original production Tin Star will be shown on prime-time Channel 4 ahead of the return of Series 2 on Sky Atlantic in early 2019.

In 2019, Channel 4 will show highlights of Formula 1 races with the Formula 1 British Grand Prix shown live on both Sky Sports F1 and Channel 4. Sky will show all other races exclusively live on its dedicated Sky Sports F1 channel.

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1. Posted by MossMan, 13/09/2018 15:15

"@FQITW I have to say that the Channel 4 "highlights" seem to be about 95% of the race uncut so it's actually been pretty good. They must have read the fine print about the absolute minimum they can cut and still broadcast it.

Now if only we can persuade BBC et al to stop blurting out sports results unrequested all the time..."

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2. Posted by FQITW, 13/09/2018 9:59

""@Elf Team Tyrrell....but if the half that you have is mouldy, stale and rotten do you really want that half?


Yes very true but I was referring purely to the reprieve on ‘Free to air’ coverage as opposed to having nothing at all.
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3. Posted by Elf Team Tyrrell, 12/09/2018 19:15

"@FQITW....but if the half that you have is mouldy, stale and rotten do you really want that half?
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4. Posted by FQITW, 12/09/2018 17:41

"Half a loaf is better than none..."

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5. Posted by mickl, 12/09/2018 17:12

"Does that mean Ch4 will take the highlights of the Sky broadcast or are they retaining their race reporting team?"

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6. Posted by Ro, 12/09/2018 13:49

"And the year after that, when Silverstone pulls the plug, it will be all on SKY. Keep it ! A good deal IT IS NOT."

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7. Posted by Optimaximal, 12/09/2018 10:01

"F1 Broadcasting Blog has had it confirmed that this is exclusively for the 2019 season, largely down to the uncertainty around the British GP, as if there's no race, Sky won't be required to honour their FTA commitment.

https://f1broadcasting.co/2018/09/12/channel-4-to-air-formula-1-highlights-in-2019/"

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