BBC to show nine live races in 2014

BBC to show nine live races in 2014

20 December 2013 – The BBC has confirmed that it will televise nine races live during the 2014 Formula 1 season.

As has been the case in previous years, the division of live and non-live races is finalised through negotiations with fellow British broadcaster Sky, which holds the rights to show all 20 events as they happen.

The BBC's first live round will be Malaysia, before broadcasts in Spain, Canada and Britain. It will also air live in Belgium and Italy, while Japan, new location Russia and the season finale in Abu Dhabi conclude the roster.

"It has been another great year for F1 on the BBC," said Ben Gallop, BBC's Head of Formula 1. "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."

Highlights packages will continue to be produced for the races that the BBC does not show live, while all 20 scheduled races can be followed via radio on BBC Radio 5 live or 5 live sports extra.

BBC's live 2014 races:

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

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