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Sky seals exclusive rights to F1

Written by Daniel Kirby on 24th March 2016

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From 2019 Formula One will no longer be shown on terrestrial TV, after Sky Sports announced that it has agreed on an exclusive contract.

Sky has announced that race highlights and the British Grand Prix will be shown on a 'free to air' basis, however the news will be a major disappointment to a huge number of UK fans. Sunday's Australian Grand Prix brought in a viewership of nearly three million, an audience base which Sky will be hoping to draw to its Sky Sports package.

Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports explained how the move would 'take Sky's partnership with F1 to the next level', suggesting that the company will work to 'progress, develop and enhance coverage of the championship.'