Sky and Channel 4 agree extension to multi-year highlights deal

Channel 4 has confirmed it will continue to broadcast Formula 1 highlights on a multi-year deal in a partnership with Sky UK.

Sky had taken over live exclusive rights to the series from the 2019 season onwards, but a free-to-air highlights deal was struck for 2019 with Channel 4, with the exception of the British Grand Prix, which is shown live on the free-to-air channel.

A new multi-year deal has been agreed which will see the highlights package remain with Channel 4, which will include live coverage of the 2020 British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

The partnership expands upon previous collaborations between Sky and Channel 4, the most recent came during the ICC Cricket World Cup which saw both broadcasters share the rights for the final which saw England claim victory.

Channel 4 CEO Alex Mahon said: “Channel 4 has established itself as the go-to channel for free to air television coverage of Formula 1® and we’re thrilled that motorsport fans will be able to continue to enjoy the excitement of F1 through our highlights of all the races and live coverage of the British Grand Prix.”

Stephen van Rooyen, CEO UK and Ireland, Sky added: “We’ve long thought that collaboration benefits both consumers and the industry - today’s news does exactly that.

“Together, Sky and Channel 4 will connect their viewers to more of the content they love, while bringing brands better ways to reach audiences.

“We look forward to working even more closely with Channel 4 and, we hope, other British broadcasters to bring more innovation and content to consumers over the coming years.”