BBC to broadcast live Formula E races for 2018/19 season
Live broadcasting of a racing championship returns to BBC after three years.
FIA Formula E Championship has announced BBC as its broadcaster for the 2018/19 season.
The races will be live on the BBC Sport website along with the BBC iPlayer and also the BBC Red Button in the UK as it replaces Channel 5 which covered the races last year. The BBC deal comes along the Youtube live coverage arrangement, which was in place already.
"The ABB FIA Formula E Championship will continue to be broadcast to the masses and across a variety of platforms in the UK," said Ali Russell, Media & Business Development Director at Formula E.
"It’s imperative that Formula E remained on a free-to-air network in such an important territory and key market for motorsport. What better place to showcase some of the best and most competitive racing than on the BBC.
"We’re fully-charged and ready for the new season on the streets of the most recognisable cities - and this year promises to be more intense and unpredictable than ever." The 2018/19 season kicks off on December 15 with the Saudi Arabia ePrix in Riyadh.
"It’s great news that live motorsport is returning to our screens at the BBC," said Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport. I’ve no doubt the upcoming season will bring with it some exciting wheel-to-wheel moments and we can’t wait for it to begin."
Reports suggests that BBC will also air one or more races live on its main network channels - BBC One or BBC Two. No further details has been released related to the commentators or anchors - in addition, it is not clear if BBC will be live on-site or use world feed.