Worldwide WEC TV Coverage Announced

Photo: WEC

Photo: WEC

The FIA World Endurance Championship has unveiled its global TV coverage, which will see an increased number of broadcasters, spanning coverage on six continents.

“The WEC’s TV department, together with our worldwide TV rights agency, Infront Sports & Media, have been working extremely hard over the winter months to strengthen and build upon our trans-global TV broadcast presence,” said WEC CEO Gerard Neveu.

“What we have in place now, ready for the start of another first-rate season of competition, offers motorsport fans in every corner of the world an increased opportunity to enjoy the very best of sports car racing available anywhere.”

Click Here for a full rundown of TV coverage for this weekend’s season-opening Six Hours of Silverstone.

Europe

For 2017 Eurosport will show live and highlights packages on its channel across Europe. Combine this with the newly re-branded Motorsport.tv broadcaster which will continue to show all races live and in full.

Germany, home to the two big LMP1 manufacturers and many more within the 2017 entry list, welcomes a brand new extensive partnership with the free to air Sport 1 channel including their digital platforms, showing the whole championship live plus additional highlights programs.

The UK has some of the most knowledgeable and passionate endurance racing enthusiasts and they will have the largest variety of ways to watch the WEC since its inception in 2012. BT Sport is the new home of live WEC in the UK, in addition to highlights from each round including Le Mans. Sky Sports News will also keep their viewers regularly updated with news segments from all 9 races.

In France, home to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, free-to-air La chaîne L’Equipe will continue its excellent coverage of the WEC, broadcasting all 6-hour races live within the 2017 season.

For the rest of Europe, the vast majority of coverage is carried over from 2016, with major free-to-air networks such as RTL7 (Netherlands), RTBF (Belgium) and SRF SSRG (Switzerland) all signed for the new season. Additional broadcasters include RTVE channel in Spain, Ziggo Sport in The Netherlands, TV2 Sport (Denmark) and free-to-air BNT (Bulgaria) to cover the growing Eastern European marketplace.

The Americas

The U.S. and Latin America have one of the largest reaches for the FIA WEC in 2017, with FOX Sports North America dedicating live coverage and highlights packages all season long. Their 214 million potential reach combines with FOX International’s equally impressive 59 million reach in Latin America. The WEC enters the second of a three-year agreement with FOX International this season.

Asia

Japan’s love of endurance racing is as famous as its current roster of drivers in the championship. This season J Sports and BS Fuji continue their partnerships with the WEC with extensive coverage across the whole season. Fox Sports and Eurosport deals have also been renewed and expanded for the Asia-Pacific region in 2017 and beyond.

Australasia

With New Zealand motorsport enjoying a golden period with the likes of teammates Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley joining forces at Porsche, and Richie Stanaway continuing with Aston Martin Racing, it is little surprise that there will be regular highlights on the FTA TV3 channel again this season.

In Australia there will be unprecedented levels of coverage on Eurosport, including all races live in full from Le Mans onwards, no doubt following young Australian Nick Foster who hopes to follow in Mark Webber’s endurance footsteps.

Africa and Middle East

Africa will continue to receive live and highlights coverage through the Super Sport channels in 2017.

Commentary in English will be available on all live transmissions and official WEC highlights shows, with multiple 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Allan McNish giving his expert insights on FIA WEC. The 2013 World Endurance Champion will be joined by either Toby Moody or Martin Haven, with additional support from Graham Goodwin and Louise Beckett.

8 Comments

  1. el_gordo

    April 11, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Who needs TV coverage when you can watch it online thanks to the WEC app/website subscription. Please WEC don’t ever go to the IMSA/new PWC direction and withhold the race from fans so the networks can hack it up and stuff it into slots to compete with F1 or Indy. FOX SUCKS.

    • NaBUru38

      April 11, 2017 at 5:19 pm

      You need TV coverage to attract casual fans. Most people don’t know that 24h Le Mans competitors also do other races along the year.

      • Joe

        April 11, 2017 at 9:46 pm

        You did in 1995. You don’t in 2017. You get casual fans in other ways these days.

  2. WBrowning

    April 11, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    FOX missed the first 20 minutes at Long Beach to run commercials and the after race interviews from the Nascar Jr. race in Texas. With all the yellow flag laps they got even more commercials in during the shortened coverage too. #&@*$^&!

  3. NaBUru38

    April 11, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    In South America, Fox Sports will just show just the first hour of the 6h Silverstone. For second half of the race, all three Fox Sports feeds will be airing European football.

    • fpav

      April 12, 2017 at 2:43 pm

      No, Fox Sports 3 will be the first three hours live and the coverage will be interrupted by F1 Bahrain Grand Prix and the last minutes of the Silverstone race will be broadcast delayed.

  4. Matt

    April 11, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    Thankfully we can buy the races online, Fox is worthless for anything but NASCAR

  5. Dennis Sizemore

    July 2, 2017 at 12:29 am

    I was, and have been so pissed at Fox for their LeMans coverage! But they stepped up big-time this year! Way to go, keep it up!

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