Organisers of the World Endurance Championship are in discussion with several UK broadcasters concerning free-to-air coverage of the series, this site can confirm.
The championship had increased their free-to-air presence in recent years. In 2016, highlights of the series aired on Saturday mornings on Channel 4, whilst last year highlights aired on ITV4. In addition, last season saw some of the 24 Hours of Le Mans air live on ITV4, the highest billing for the race in several years.
However, there is currently no agreement in place with a major free-to-air broadcaster for the 2018/19 super season, which began on May 5th in Spa.
Speaking to this site, a WEC spokesperson said “The 2018/19 WEC Super Season had a fantastic start in Spa and had wide coverage in the UK through a combination of live broadcast on Eurosport/Eurosport Player and Motorsport.tv as well as highlights on BT Sport. You may also be aware that the whole race was available live on the FIAWEC App.”
The spokesperson added that, whilst their agreement with ITV4 ended following the 2017 season, discussions concerning the 2018/19 super season are ongoing.
“At the moment we are in discussion with them [ITV4] and other potential FTA partners to provide live coverage of Le Mans and all other WEC Super Season races to ensure it continues to reach as wide an audience as possible in the UK.”
“We are confident that we will conclude a new agreement very soon and will issue a press release as soon as a deal is agreed.”