BBC confirm TV broadcast plans for 2014 FIA Formula 1 World Championship

It has been another great year for F1 on the BBC. We’re now very much looking forward to 2014 and feel we have a strong package for our TV coverage. This format of both live and highlights is attracting a wide range of viewers and we hope to see even more people tuning in next year to experience the magic of Formula 1."Ben Gallop, BBC Head of F1
Date: 20.12.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.02

Following a very successful 2013 which saw 27.8m* people watching F1 racing on the BBC (which is an increase of 1.2m on 2012), the BBC today confirms it will show the following Grands Prix live on television in 2014:

  • Malaysia - 30 March
  • Spain - 11 May
  • Canada -  8 June
  • Silverstone - 6 July
  • Belgium - 24 August
  • Italy - 7 Sept
  • Japan - 5 Oct
  • Russia - 12 Oct
  • Abu Dhabi - 23 Nov

The remaining 10 races will be shown as extended highlights, which are proving increasingly popular with audiences - the highlights from Germany saw a peak audience of 7.7m.

All 19 races will be live on BBC Radio 5 live or 5 live sports extra.

BBC Head of F1, Ben Gallop, says: “It has been another great year for F1 on the BBC. We’re now very much looking forward to 2014 and feel we have a strong package for our TV coverage. This format of both live and highlights is attracting a wide range of viewers and we hope to see even more people tuning in next year to experience the magic of Formula 1.”

As in previous years, the division of live and non-live races is reached through a negotiation process with fellow broadcaster Sky, the BBC does not just pick a list of races to show live. Preferred picks are based on a wide variety of factors with the BBC aiming to put together a strong cross-section of the season that delivers for audiences, with those not shown live on TV strongly complemented by extended TV highlights, live radio and online coverage.

The BBC has a deal to broadcast Formula 1 racing, through to and including 2018.

Notes to Editors

*15 min reach means watching for at least 15 consecutive minutes and is an industry standard measurement figure

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