Canal+ wins French F1 rights

F1 Testing Jerez Day 1Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone has reached an agreement with Canal+ for the broadcast of Grand Prix racing in France for the next three years.

The race broadcasts will be shown on pay-TV, but the agreement includes the airing of a free-to-air magazine programme. Canal+ will also show free-practice and qualifying sessions.

The deal is a setback for TF1, which has shown F1 free-to-air since 1992.

The 2012 season saw UK rights holder the BBC to relinquish its exclusivity, with BSkyB agreeing a deal with Formula One management to show all races, with the BBC showing just 10 races live and the remainder as highlights.

Posted by on Feb 14 2013. Filed under Articles, Broadcast, Content, FTA, Pay TV, Rights.

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