British television station Channel 5 have announced a new agreement to broadcast the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship throughout the year.
The public service station will run a highlights programme after every round of the championship starting with Rallye Monte Carlo on Monday January 23rd at 7 p.m. The series has been shown on pay to view television for the last number of years and has also been available for fan to view online via a subscription package.
“We are excited to have such a fantastic sports brand to build on our growing portfolio of sports content.” said Director of programmes at Channel 5, Ben Frow. “The World Rally Championship attracts a hugely loyal audience and we look forward to showing action from rallies around the world”
WRC promoter managing director Oliver Ciesla says the move will give British fans better access to the sport.
“We’re delighted to welcome Channel 5 to the WRC as our new broadcast partner.” said Ciesla, “Our agreement will guarantee the most comprehensive free-to air coverage of the WRC in Britain for many years.
“A pre-event magazine programme and an hour long post-event show from all 14 rounds will be supplemented by daily highlights and live coverage of the all-important Power Stage at Britain’s penultimate round. It means fans will enjoy the best excitement and drama that WRC offers.”
The World Rally Championship kicks off with Rallye Monte Carlo next week.