Sky and Channel 4 reveal 2019 coverage plans

Angelo Anderson
September 12, 2018

Formula 1 will remain on free-to-air television in the United Kingdom in 2019 after rival broadcasters Sky Sports and Channel 4 agreed a deal for highlights to be aired on the terrestrial channel.

The deal will see C4 air the first season of the Kudos-produced arctic crime drama as well as live coverage of the motor racing, which Sky holds the rights for, while Sky will get access to a range of box-sets including No Offence and foreign-language titles from Walter Presents. In return, Sky will show series from Channel 4's global drama service Walter Presents, as well as the new season of the free-TV broadcaster's police drama "No Offence".

The unusual hookup comes as new kinds of partnership and pacts are being forged in response to the reshaping of the TV landscape by US streamers.

In the autumn, Series 1 of Sky original production Tin Star will be shown on prime-time Channel 4 ahead of the return of Series 2 on Sky Atlantic in early 2019.

Stephen van Rooyen, Chief Executive Officer of Sky UK & ROI, said, "Today's partnership is the start of a new era of collaboration between Sky, Channel 4 and, we hope, other British broadcasters".

The British Grand Prix will be shown live on both Channel 4 and Sky in 2019, as part of a new partnership between the broadcasters.

It was not confirmed whether Channel 4's existing team which includes former F1 drivers David Coulthard, Mark Webber and Karun Chandhok will be used for C4's highlights package or the race in Silverstone, or whether coverage will be taken from Sky as it is in many countries across the world.

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