New Formula One deal for TEN

TEN announces 10 Formula One races Live, including the Australian Grand Prix, plus highlights until 2019.

form1In a new broadcasting rights deal, Network TEN will simulcast 10 Formula One races Live, including the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, until 2019.

The remainder will be shown as one-hour highlight packages on Monday nights.

TEN will remain the official broadcaster of the Australian round of the FIA Formula One World Championship for the next five years. The practice sessions, qualifying sessions 1, 2 and 3, and the race – all held at Melbourne’s Albert Park – will be broadcast Live, with minimum guaranteed coverage of 25 hours across three days in each year of the deal.

Mark Webber will commentate the race in 2015 and 2016 for TEN.

The joint deal with FOX Sports, which incorporates the 2015 year, sees the Pay TV channel join for the 2015 Australian Grand Prix, and securing every session of the Calendar until 2019.

Network TEN Chief Executive Officer, Hamish McLennan, said: “Formula 1 is one of the great global sports and we are delighted to be able to extend Network TEN’s long and successful relationship with Formula One Management.

“We are also delighted to bring FOX Sports on board as our partner. The new deal is a great step forward for Formula 1 in Australia and will ensure bigger and better coverage for motorsport fans.

“Many Australians love motorsport and we are proud to be able to bring Formula 1 to them. Formula 1 is a very important part of our strategy of giving Australians premium sport, live and free. The Australian round of the FIA Formula One Championship is one of the most-watched sporting events on Australian television each year and we’re delighted that it is on Network TEN,” he said.

Network TEN’s iconic motorsport panel program RPM will also showcase Formula 1 qualifying and practice highlights in every episode on race weekends. RPM, broadcast on Sunday afternoons, will present Formula 1 content, including all the significant action from practice and qualifying, along with all the key interviews.

Network TEN has also struck a partnership with FOX Sports, sub-licensing it the rights to show all Formula 1 practice, qualifying and races live across the duration of the deal.

A significant motorsport partnership is now cemented between Network TEN and FOX Sports through the most extensive motorsport broadcast arrangement in history, combining the three key Australian motorsport properties: Formula 1, V8 Supercars and MotoGP.

Network TEN will broadcast 10 Formula 1 races in 2015 in simulcast with FOX Sports. FOX Sports will also show another 10 Formula 1 races, with Network TEN broadcasting a 60-minute highlights program of each of those races on ONE at 9.30pm on the Monday night following the event.

The extended deal guarantees that the key Formula 1 races will be available live on Network TEN for the next five years. It also means Australians will be able to see more Formula 1 across multiple platforms, a move that will increase the sport’s presence and popularity.

Chief Executive Officer of the Formula One group, Bernie Ecclestone, said: “I am very happy to continue working with Network TEN and also with FOX Sports and am confident that their coverage will work out extremely well.”

Network TEN will also feature pre-race and post-race Formula 1 shows on all its international race coverages. Hosted by Network TEN’s Matt White and expert commentator Alan Jones, the pre-race show will provide a detailed review and expert analysis from qualifying, as well as a comprehensive preview of the race.

A thorough post-race review and analysis will also be provided at the end of races that are
broadcast on Network TEN.

Every Formula 1 race that Network TEN broadcasts, including the pre-race and post-race shows, will continue to be available via live streaming at www.tenplay.com.au.

Network TEN is the home of big event motorsport television, boasting the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, MotoGP and – from next month – the biggest V8 Supercars events (including Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 and the Clipsal 500) and RPM.

Network TEN Head of Sport, David Barham, said: “We are pleased to extend our broadcast deal with Formula One Management to ensure that Australian motorsport fans can watch the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix live on TEN for the next five years.

“Our coverage of Formula 1 is world class. This new deal further demonstrates the network’s commitment to premium motorsport and our strategy of bringing big, live television events to Australians.”

41 Responses

  1. I was sort of feeling sorry for CH10 before, you know, losing audience numbers etc.
    Now I feel that they can burn in Hell as they are the masters of their own destiny. Being forced to purchase Foxtel, means that I will watch that instead. We don’t need CH10 anymore….Losers!!

  2. @ Shoudy & others: when did Australian TV viewers develop this sense of entitlement? These sports rights deals cost a fortune, not to mention the costs associated with actually covering the race. To expect premium sport to all be in HD and available at no charge to the viewer in 2015 is a fantasy.

    1. I think you are being a little bit harsh. If someone gives you a whole cake every year you say thank you and enjoy the cake and are very grateful. If that someone then gives you a slice of cake and not even the slice with the strawberry on it you say what did I do to get punished like this? I know, very simplistic, however it’s not about a sense of entitlement it’s about expressing disappointment.

  3. “Mark Webber will commentate the race in 2015 and 2016 for TEN”
    Can someone clarify that for me? Does that mean we now only get Mark Webber commentating solo, and we lose Martin Brundle, David Croft (and Ted Kravitz in the Pits)? Or will Webber be taking Rusty or Alan’s place for the hostings/links with Matt White?

    Ok, at least we get the Practices now, but really, it should have stayed all on Ten. It’s pretty much the only live International Sport events it has (had) left!

  4. Isn’t it a bit late to announce this with the season starting next month, I was all set to watch every race live as we have the last few years on TEN, looks like I’ll be adding the Foxtel sports channels back to my package.

    I let go of the WRC a few years ago when SBS lost the rights to Foxtel and I was willing to see less of the V8 this year but now F1 joins the list it’s pushing me over the edge.

    I know in the end it will mean better viewing for those who can afford Foxtel but for the rest this is going to be an adjustment.

  5. Part of my love of F1 is the history of the sport. If speedcafe.com is correct I am very disappointed that the race at Monza is not one of the ten selected to be shown on Ten. Five of the race venues are newcomers with no significance to me ie: Russia. I’m a bit shell-shocked. I can’t believe that I will not be able to watch the whole season unless I subscribe to Foxtel. I’m not going to do that.

  6. for those wondering speedcafe.com has listed the following races as live on Ten

    1. March 13-15: Melbourne, Australia
    4. April 17-19: Sakhir, Bahrain
    6. May 22-24: Monte Carlo, Monaco
    8. June 19-21: Spielberg, Austria
    10. July 17-19: TBA, Germany
    12. August 21-23: Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
    14. September 18-20: Singapore
    16. October 9-11: Sochi, Russia
    18. October 30-November 1: Mexico City, Mexico
    20. November 27-29: Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi

    I have to admit I was expecting this…for next year.

    “This new deal further demonstrates the network’s commitment to premium motorsport ” no mate, no it does the complete opposite.

  7. Let’s face it – it is sad that all races are going off FTA , but Fox Sports do a good job of the NRL and AFL, I think it’s a good thing.. I have been opposed to getting Foxtel for so long and signed up 6 months ago.. now I am glad I did – I haven’t been disappointed yet!!!

  8. Wait! What? So Ten actually have the rights, but they’ve sold…er..sub-licensed half of them off? Which means they’ll have fewer overall viewers for F1 now?

    This is really disappointing. End of an era maybe? How long is it that we’ve had all the F1 races on FTA? I recall them being on 9 back in the nineties (or was it even earlier?) with Murray “unless I’m very much mistaken” Walker et al.

    Has it been decided which “key” races Ten will be broadcasting live?

  9. That’s what happens in any other country. You pay to watch premium sport. Australian’s have had it pretty lucky up until now benefitting from anti-siphoning. FTA has been geeting a free ride up until now with reduced fees and a free kick for sport.

    Well done Fox Sports and Ten as this is long overdue for the fans of F1.

  10. Fully expected this to happen, when I saw the promo channel ten was running for it’s Motorsport offering this year. I thought it was suss when the promo was stating every MotoGP race is live but didn’t promote the same thing for the f1 in saying all those races were live. Not surprised

  11. I’m both happy and disappointed by this announcement. Very happy that I’ll be able to watch the race without the interruptions for ads. It’s one sport that simply cannot be televised properly on FTA.
    I’m disappointed for all F1 fans that can’t afford Foxtel that have been completely dudded by this deal. The spin in the press release is astonishing. “This new deal further demonstrates the network’s commitment to premium motorsport”…. Really? when the new deal is literally half as good for ch10?? ‘Key’ races will be Live- which ones are not key races ch10? Lol outrageous statement.

  12. How do you kill public awareness of a sport – Give Ten the Broadcast rights.

    Look at the great job they have done with NBL….

    How do you go from broadcating a full season virtually live to getting half a Season that are Foxtel’s scraps and then boasting about it – Who negotiates these stupid deals? Obviously not somebody who cares about the sport or the fans or most importantly The Audience.

    Well done Ten – You got done over by Foxtel again or maybe just getting in the good books with you future masters?

  13. “Formula 1 is one of the great global sports…”
    Which is why we’ll only be showing half of the races and not in HD unless you’re smart enough to live in Perth.

    Thank you Ten for your semi-commitment to motorsport.

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