MOTORSPORT: BT Sport secures exclusive MotoGP rights from 2014 season

May 9, 2013

BT Sport has won exclusive rights to broadcast the MotoGP World Championship in a five-year deal starting from the 2014 season.

The agreement with promoter Dorna Sports will see MotoGP programming at the forefront of a quality line-up of top domestic and international sports on the new BT Sport channels, but means the championship loses free-to-air terrestrial coverage.

BT outbid strong competition from the BBC, the current rights holders, and pay-TV rivals Sky Sports.

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MMA: BT Sport signs three-year UFC deal

May 7, 2013

BT Sport and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) have signed a ground-breaking TV deal that will see more UK coverage of its events than ever before.

The three-year partnership will see all of UFC’s live and recorded programming broadcast exclusively on BT Sport in the UK and Ireland.

For the first time, this will include originally produced programming for UK audiences with exclusive access which will result in up to 400 hours of programming to the UFC’s loyal and burgeoning British fanbase.

BT will begin airing UFC programming from the summer with the premiere event live on August 3. 

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MOTORSPORT: MotoGP 2013 – Live on BBC TV & British Eurosport

April 2, 2013

The world’s greatest riders return to the grid this weekend for the opening race of the 2013 MotoGP season under the stunning floodlights at the Losail International Circuit for the Qatar Grand Prix (April 4-7).

With seven-time champion Valentino Rossi returning to Yamaha and fierce Spanish rivals Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa going head-to-head, it promises to be the most competitive season in recent years.

BBC Sport and British Eurosport will have all the action from each of the 18 Grands Prix covered throughout the 2013 season.

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FORMULA 1: Suzi Perry becomes the new face of BBC F1

December 21, 2012

Suzi Perry has been announced as the new presenter of the BBC’s Formula 1 coverage.

The former MotoGP presenter will link-up with BBC favourites Eddie Jordan and David Coulthard for the entire 19-race season, starting in Melbourne on March 15-17.

Perry replaces Jake Humphrey, who left the corporation to become the face of BT Sport’s Premier League coverage.

The BBC have also confirmed the nine races that will be shown live on terrestrial television during the 2013 season, including the British, Belgian, Italian and the season-ending Brazilian Grands Prix, but the Monaco Grand Prix is not included as one of the live BBC races.

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BROADCASTING: BT Vision to carry British Eurosport

November 8, 2012

BT has signed a long term distribution deal to add both British Eurosport channels to the line-up of linear TV channels available on its BT Vision service.

The agreement will bring British Eurosport and British Eurosport 2 to BT’s TV service, offering sports fans the chance to watch major European and international sporting events.

British Eurosport content will complement a wider sports offering soon to be available from BT Vision on the BT Sport channel to be launched in the summer of 2013.

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MOTORSPORT: BBC to show 2012 MotoGP season live in HD

March 27, 2012

The BBC will show every race of the 2012 MotoGP season in high-definition for the first time, with all 18 races live throughout the season.

Australian Casey Stoner claimed his second premier class title last year and starts again as favourite for the new season, although the form book could all change in 2012 with the bikes increasing in size from 800cc to 1,000cc this year.

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