Channel 4 and Sky have announced a new collaborative deal which will keep Formula One coverage available on free-to-air television in 2019.
Channel 4 will broadcast the British Grand Prix live, along with highlights of the other 20 races on the calendar. Sky will have the July 14 Silverstone showpiece too, and all the other races exclusively live, on its dedicated Sky Sports F1 channel.
Sky and Channel 4 will also be sharing drama content, such as Tin Star and No Offence.
“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 One Championship remain available on free-to-air television for UK viewers,” Channel 4 CEO Alex Mahon said on Wednesday.
Under the terms of the deal, which the broadcasters say is the first of its kind, the first series of the Sky original show Tin Star will screen in prime-time on terrestrial TV later this year, ahead of the new series on Sky Atlantic in 2019.
Selected Channel 4 and Walter Presents drama series will be released on the Sky and NOW TV platforms in one go. The first full box set, available from Thursday 12 September, will be the third series of the award-winning Channel 4 drama, No Offence.
“Today’s partnership is the start of a new era of collaboration between Sky, Channel 4 and, we hope, other British broadcasters," said Stephen van Rooyen, CEO of Sky UK & ROI. "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.”
Sky's original deal with F1's previous owners had given the satellite broadcaster exclusive UK rights to show all races from 2019-2024.
Channel 4 has been showing a mixture of live and highlights packages since taking over the terrestrial rights in 2016, after the BBC pulled out. This year it is broadcasting 10 of the 21 races live, including this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix.