BBC Sport is to end its Formula 1 television contract three years early/ Channel 4 becomes terrestrial home of Formula 1

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Channel 4 will take on the BBC’s F1 broadcast rights from next season. “The current financial position of the BBC means some tough and unwanted choices have to be made,” said Barbara Slater, the BBC’s director of sport.

However, BBC Radio 5 live has extended its commentary rights for F1 until the 2021 season. BBC Sport broadcast 10 live races of Briton Lewis Hamilton’s world championship-winning season in 2015 with a one-hour build-up to each grand prix. It also offered extensive highlights of the nine other races.

But as part of a £150m gap in the corporation’s finances from next year, BBC Sport was asked to deliver £35m of savings. “A significant chunk of BBC Sport’s savings target will be delivered through the immediate termination of our TV rights agreement for Formula 1,” added Slater.

“Any decision to have to stop broadcasting a particular sport or sporting event is hugely disappointing and taken reluctantly. “There are no easy solutions; all of the options available would be unpopular with audiences.”

Channel 4 will broadcast 10 live Formula 1® races, including practice and qualifying sessions, in each of the three FIA Formula One World Championship™ seasons from 2016 to 2018. It will also broadcast comprehensive highlights of all 21 Grands Prix and qualifying sessions – including those shown live by Sky Sports F1®. All of the live coverage and highlights will be broadcast free-to-air and in high definition.

Reflecting Channel 4’s track record for innovation in sports broadcasting, in a first for a UK terrestrial commercial broadcaster, no advertising breaks will be taken through the duration of the live races.”

F1 2016 Calendar (Predicted)

March 20th – Australia (Melbourne) – Sky (pick 14)
April 3rd – Bahrain (Sakhir) – Channel 4 (pick 7)
April 17th – China (Shanghai) – Sky (pick 12)
May 1st – Russia (Sochi) – Sky (pick 10)
May 15th – Spain (Barcelona) – Channel 4 (pick 17 – automatic)
May 29th – Monaco (Monaco) – Sky (pick 6)
June 12th – Canada (Montreal) – Channel 4 (pick 19 – automatic)
June 19th – Europe (Baku) – Sky (pick 5 )
July 3rd – Austria (Red Bull Ring) – Sky (pick 20 – automatic)
July 10th – Britain (Silverstone) – Channel 4 (pick 1)
July 24th – Hungary (Budapest) – Sky (pick 8)
July 31st – Germany (Hockenheim) – Sky (pick 16 – automatic)
August 28th – Belgium (Spa) – Channel 4 (pick 13)
September 4th – Italy (Monza) – Channel 4 (pick 11)
September 18th – Singapore (Marina Bay) – Sky (pick 18 – automatic)
October 2nd – Malaysia (Sepang) – Channel 4 (pick 9)
October 9th – Japan (Suzuka) – Channel 4 (pick 15)
October 23rd – USA (Circuit of the Americas) – Sky (pick 4)
October 30th – Mexico (Mexico City) – Sky (pick 21 – automatic)
November 13th – Brazil (Interlagos) – Channel 4 (pick 3)
November 27th – Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina) – Channel 4 (pick 2)

Formula 1 2016 UK TV Picks (Predicted)
No Race Channel 4 Sky BBC Radio
1 Australia Highlights Live Live
2 Bahrain Live Live Live
3 China Highlights Live Live
4 Russia Highlights Live Live
5 Spain Live Live Live
6 Monaco Highlights Live Live
7 Canada Live Live Live
8 Europe Highlights Live Live
9 Austria Highlights Live Live
10 Britain Live Live Live
11 Hungary Highlights Live Live
12 Germany Highlights Live Live
13 Belgium Live Live Live
14 Italy Live Live Live
15 Singapore Highlights Live Live
16 Malaysia Live Live Live
17 Japan Live Live Live
18 USA Highlights Live Live
19 Mexico Highlights Live Live
20 Brazil Live Live Live
21 Abu Dhabi Live Live Live