Formula 1 secures new Middle East TV deal

New broadcast deal signed for Formula 1 in Middle East and North Africa.

New broadcast deal signed for Formula 1 in Middle East and North Africa.

Formula One chiefs have confirmed a new deal for television coverage in the Middle East and North Africa, following the withdrawal of BeIN Sports.

The illegal broadcast of Formula 1 footage by BeoutQ has been an ongoing issue in the region, and despite vows from the sport to tackle the problem, BeIn Sports decided against renewing its contract.

But a new deal has now been signed to broadcast Formula One events with MBC Group – the largest media company in the Middle East and North Africa.

They will have exclusive right to broadcast all 21 grands prix this year on their free-to-air channels, a form of viewing which has reduced rapidly in recent years under the sport’s owners Liberty Media.

Ian Holmes, director of media rights, Formula 1, told “We are delighted to have concluded this agreement and very much look forward to working with MBC Group and exploring the many different opportunities, where they are in a unique position to help grow F1 throughout the region.” also revealed the extension of a deal in Poland for ELEVEN SPORTS to broadcast grands prix from 2020 until 2022.

Formula 1 has been shown by the channel since 2016 and its new deal comes off the back of local hero Robert Kubica’s return to the series.

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