UK business broadcaster ITV has received ‘multi-year’ highlights rights to the FIA International Rally Championship from this season, bringing protection again to the broadcaster for the primary time since 2015.
It is going to display highlights of every of the 14 rounds of the championship within the week after every spherical, with the display principally scheduled for Tuesdays.
ITV will broadcast further day-to-day highlights from the Wales Rally GB, with Friday highlights on Saturday morning and Saturday highlights on Sunday morning.
It replaces business broadcaster Channel 5, which broadcast WRC free-to-air highlights from 2016 to 2018 and once more in 2019.
As a part of the deal, ITV will display reside protection of the Energy Level of the Wales Rally GB.
It is going to broadcast its highlights stock at the ITV4 virtual terrestrial channel and its reside Energy Level content material on ITV4 and/or the broadcaster’s video-on-demand platform, ITV Hub.
The rights have been offered through the championship’s business rights-holder, WRC Promoter.
ITV remaining held WRC rights in 2015 in a deal produced from an an identical highlights stock, however and not using a reside Energy Level rights. The broadcaster remaining held reside WRC rights in 2007.
Telco BT remains to be the WRC’s primary broadcast spouse in the United Kingdom. Its present deal runs from 2019 to 2022 and offers it with reside protection from every spherical.
As well as, Welsh-language public-service broadcaster S4C once more holds reside and highlights rights this 12 months to Wales Rally GB.
The championship’s OTT platform, WRC+, will proceed to turn all protection from its occasions, whilst Redbull’s virtual platform will display highlights and a reside Saturday level from all rounds.
The 2020 WRC will start on January 23 with the Rallye Monte Carlo and lead to November 2020 with the Rally Japan.