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BBC to show Formula E 2018/19 season live

The 2018/19 Formula E season will be broadcast live on the BBC, giving the series a new television home for UK viewers.

Races will be shown on the BBC Sport website, iPlayer and the Red Button service, plus one race being shown on one of the BBC’s television networks of either BBC One or BBC Two.

Having been previously broadcast on Channel 5, this will be the BBC’s return to motorsport coverage since it discontinued with Formula 1 coverage at the end of 2015.

“The ABB FIA Formula E Championship will continue to be broadcast to the masses and across a variety of platforms in the UK,” said Ali Russell, Media & Business Development Director at Formula E.

“It’s imperative that Formula E remained on a free-to-air network in such an important territory and key market for motorsport. What better place to showcase some of the best and most competitive racing than on the BBC.

“We’re fully-charged and ready for the new season on the streets of the most recognisable cities – and this year promises to be more intense and unpredictable than ever.”

It is not yet known in what coverage the BBC will provide, whether they will create a programme around it as Channel 5 and ITV have done previously, or if it will just pick up the world feed.

“It’s great news that live motorsport is returning to our screens at the BBC. I’ve no doubt the upcoming season will bring with it some exciting wheel-to-wheel moments and we can’t wait for it to begin,” said Director of BBC Sport Barbara Slater.

Formula E has already announced that it will providing coverage on YouTube throughout next season with various influencers hosting the programmes.

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Chris Stevens

Chris is a member of the Autosport Academy and has been writing about motorsport professionally since 2015. He has been one of the top Formula E journalists since he went to Donington Park for pre-season testing a week after picking up his A-Level results.

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