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BBC to broadcast Formula E

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The BBC have picked up the rights to broadcast every race of the 2018-19 season of Formula E.

Each round will be available to watch via the BBC website or red button service, in addition to one race being shown live on either BBC One or BBC Two, with all races being available to re-watch via the BBC iPlayer.

Speaking about the deal, Media & Business Development Director at Formula E Ali Russell said, “The ABB FIA Formula E Championship will continue to be broadcast to the masses and across a variety of platforms in the UK.

“It’s imperative that Formula E remained on a free-to-air network in such an important territory and key market for motorsport.

“What better place to showcase some of the best and most competitive racing than on the BBC. We’re fully-charged and ready for the new season on the streets of the most recognisable cities – and this year promises to be more intense and unpredictable than ever.”

For the BBC the deal marks their first return to live motorsport since they relinquished the rights to Formula 1 in 2015. They will be the third network to broadcast Formula E in the UK after ITV and then Channel 5 held the rights for the first four seasons.

Director of BBC Sport Barbara Slater said the channel were eagerly anticipating the new season. “It’s great news that live motorsport is returning to our screens at the BBC,” she said.

“I’ve no doubt the upcoming season will bring with it some exciting wheel-to-wheel moments and we can’t wait for it to begin.”

The 2018-19 season gets underway  in Saudi Arabia on December 15 before returning to Marrakesh in the new year on January 12.

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