Sky and Channel 4 have signed a deal in which both broadcasters will screen the other’s content. Formula 1 (including live coverage of next year’s British Grand Prix) will be screened on Channel 4, as will Sky’s original production Tin Star.
In return, selected Channel 4 and Walter Presents drama series will come to Sky and Now TV, letting viewers watch on-demand. The first? The third series of No Offence – currently airing on Channel 4 – which will be available from tomorrow.
The deal mimics Sky’s recent agreement with BT, that will see both broadcasters show each other’s selected content. That starts next year.
Sky and Channel 4 currently share the live rights to Formula 1, but as of next year the league was to be exclusive to Sky.
“I’m delighted that we’ve been able to establish such an exciting and innovative partnership with Sky which will ensure that the British Grand Prix and highlights of the 2019 Formula 1 Championship remain available on free-to-air television for UK viewers,” said Alex Mahon, chief executive officer of Channel 4.
Stephen van Rooyen, chief executive officer of Sky UK and ROI, added: “Today’s partnership is the start of a new era of collaboration between Sky, Channel 4 and, we hope, other British broadcasters.
"Not only will this innovative partnership benefit viewers, watching via Sky or free-to-air, but it will further strengthen the ecosystem of UK broadcasters and British-originated content.”