Channel 5 pick-up Formula E coverage for seasons three and four

The Race. London e-Prix, Battersea, London, United Kingdom. Saturday 2 July 2016 Photo: Adam Warner / LAT / FE ref: Digital Image _L5R1950

Formula E will continue to be broadcast on free-to-air television after Channel 5 agreed a deal to broadcast all races.

After rumours emerged last month that ITV would be stopping their coverage of the series, there were fears that it would move to a subscriber service, especially as BT Sport had previously broadcast the Mexico ePrix.

However despite the dwindling viewing figures experienced during ITV’s tenure, Channel 5 have agreed to add it to their existing programme which includes EFL highlights, boxing and test cricket.

Director of Media at Formula E, Ali Russell, emphasised the importance to the series of having it broadcast on a free-to-air channel, saying, “We are delighted that Channel 5 will be our new broadcast partner in the UK.”

“It was very important to us that the championship was on free-to-air TV, and we have been very impressed by the enthusiasm and commitment Channel 5 has demonstrated to the series and I believe this is an excellent arrangement for our many British fans.”

Channel 5 will broadcast all events live, and will show qualifying sessions on their Spike channel.

Speaking after the announcement, Mark Sharman of Channel 5 said, “Formula E is a fantastic opportunity for Channel 5 to offer live motorsports to our audience.”

“The sport is up and coming, utilising the very top tech and new and engaging ways to incorporate fans into the high octane action.”

The 2016-17 season gets under way on the 9th of October with the inaugural Hong Kong ePrix.