New TV deals for WRC fans in UK
ITV 4 and BT Sport renew agreements to broadcast WRC in 2015
The championship will return to terrestrial TV screens in China for the first time in recent years, while fans across the Indian sub-continent will be able to follow the WRC via both live and highlights programmes. New free-to-air deals have been agreed in South Korea, France and Norway.
The newly-announced agreements are as follows:
China Central Television
CCTV is China’s free-to-air state broadcaster which is accessible to more than one billion viewers. In addition, a prolonged agreement with PPTV, a free-to-air internet channel, has been concluded.
Premier pay channel NEO Sports broadcasts in countries across the Indian sub-continent including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal.
SBS Sport in South Korea is the free-to-air sports channel of national commercial broadcaster SBS. SBS Sport joins existing partners in the region which include J Sports in Japan, Truevision in Thailand and Astro in Malaysia.
L’Equipe 21 is a free-to-air broadcaster in France, the home country of world champion Sébastien Ogier.
TV2, the largest commercial TV station in Norway, will join the WRC’s existing partners in Scandinavia including SVT in Sweden and Nelonen/YLE in Finland.