Channel 4 (UK)

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UK commercial broadcaster Channel 4’s recent Formula One sublicensing renewal with pay-television broadcaster Sky extends their relationship for another three years, until the end of 2022, with the deal value unchanged, SportBusiness Media understands.

W Series, the all-female motorsport competition, is prioritising exposure over revenue in its media-rights strategy for the series’ inaugural year, it has told SportBusiness Media, although it would be difficult for the series to adopt any other approach, according to industry experts.

The FA has opened the market for FA Cup domestic rights to new competition with the inclusion of a ‘non-linear package’ – expected to attract interest from internet giant Amazon – in the tender for the 2021-22 to 2024-25 cycle, SportBusiness Media understands.

European Professional Club Rugby has agreed four media-rights deals in recent weeks which it hopes will increase the exposure of its competitions.

Mike Kiernan reviews television audiences across the big five markets for the recently concluded Formula One World Championship

The UK government has added the summer and winter Paralympic Games to the so-called ‘crown jewels’ list of sporting events reserved for free-to-air broadcast.

Whisper Films has reportedly renewed its Formula One production contract with UK free-to-air broadcaster Channel 4

Channel 4 will continue to be the free-to-air home of Formula One in the UK after agreeing a multi-year extension to its deal with the motor-racing championship’s right-holder, pay-television broadcaster S…

UK parliamentarians are reportedly to review the possibility of making the Cricket World Cup free-to-air in the country following the England team’s victory in this year’s competition.

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UK commercial broadcaster Channel 4 outbid public-service broadcaster the BBC for rights to the women’s European Championship in 2017.

Joseph Rivers, research analyst for SportBusiness Intelligence, examines television audiences in selected European markets for the 2016 Paralympic Games.

Channel 4 is expected to pay a small increase to extend its deal with the International Paralympic Committee to cover the 2018 and 2020 Games.

Channel 4’s deal last month for British Darts Organisation media rights is the governing body’s largest ever.

Concurrent auction processes for three UK media rights deals in recent weeks generated strong competition between free-to-air broadcasters, helping each rights-holder to a healthy fee increase.

Mike Kiernan, analyst for SportBusiness Intelligence, looks at television audiences for Super Bowl XLIX

BBC keeps ATP for two more years to keep sponsors happy

Eurosport set to tie up French Open in long-term deal to cement its grip on grand slam tennis

Pauline McVey, analyst for SportBusiness Intelligence, examines television audiences in Europe for the last month’s World Athletics Championships in Moscow T

Fox buys NFL across Europe but will not launch US sports channel

The NFL explains why the UK is a key growth market