Formula E names BT Sport as UK rights holder

Broadcaster to show live races, as well as qualifying sessions and highlights.

Formula E names BT Sport as UK rights holder

PA

UK pay-TV broadcaster BT Sport has secured a live rights broadcast deal with the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, which begins on 15th December in Saudi Arabia.

As part of the agreement, the network will televise preview shows and live practice and qualifying sessions from each race, as well as full races and highlight packages from the 13-race season.

In conjunction with the rights to the Formula E series, BT Sport will also feature the Jaguar I-PACE eTrophy, the all-electric production-based international race series, which takes place alongside the Formula E schedule. The I-PACE ten-race series sees 20 electric Jaguar cars with identical specifications racing on city tracks.

Simon Green, head of BT Sport – whose racing portfolio also includes MotoGP, European Le Mans, Grand Prix, British Speedway and the World Rally Championship, said: “With the addition of Formula E, BT Sport customers can enjoy even more racing action on the home of live motorsport in the UK.”

Ali Russell, media and business development director at Formula E, added: “With the closest and most progressive racing series entering its biggest season to date, it’s great that fans across the UK get to watch every session of Formula E.

"On top of that, our first support series - the Jaguar I-PACE eTrophy - is championing the real race to road story.”

Formula E has already secured a deal with the BBC, with the public service broadcaster showing live coverage of every race from December after picking up a digital rights package for the new season. Additionally, Quest, the Discovery-owned free-to-air channel, has also agreed a deal for a portion of the UK rights, which includes a full highlights package.

The global electric street racing series will be featured live on the BBC Sport website, BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button starting with the opening event of the fifth season.

The all-electric racing series also announced a partnership with YouTube in October that will see every ePrix streamed live on the social platform in the UK during the upcoming season, with coverage set to feature guest appearances from influencer presenters throughout the course of the campaign.