BBC and Sky Sports to share F1 coverage

The BBC and Sky Sports have have struck a deal that will see the pair broadcast the Formula 1 championship from next year, keeping the sport on terrestrial television until at least 2018.

The new deal, sees Sky become the dominant partner, as it will have the rights to broadcast every single race, as well as all the practice and qualifying sessions, while the Beeb will only have rights to broadcast half of the races (and the practice and qualifying sessions for those races). However Auntie appears to be very happy that they've got any rights at all, judging from their reaction; Presumably they thought that they'd be bulldozed off the sport altogether.

'We are absolutely delighted that F1 will remain on the BBC,' said Babara Slater, director of BBC Sport. 'The sport has never been more popular with TV audiences at a 10-year high and the BBC has always stated its commitment to the big national sporting moments.

'With this new deal not only have we delivered significant savings but we have also ensured that through our live and extended highlights coverage all the action continues to be available to licence-fee payers.'

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