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In a clear sign of the times where once unthought of synergies are becoming the norm, the UK and Ireland’s leading pay-TV provider Sky has entered into a content partnership with UK free-to-air broadcaster Channel 4.
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The partnership will see the two companies share content including Formula 1 racing — that is, highlights and live coverage of the Formula 1 2019 British Grand Prix for which Sky has rights to — shown on Channel 4. Sky will show all other races exclusively live on its dedicated Sky Sports F1 channel. Series 1 of the popular Sky original production Tin Star, which drew huge ratings on transmission, will be coming to Channel 4 later this year ahead of the return of Series 2 on Sky Atlantic in early 2019.

On a reciprocal basis, selected Channel 4 and Walter Presents drama series will be released on the Sky and NOW TV platforms in one go, allowing customers to binge on all episodes. The first full box set, available from tomorrow, will be the third series of the award-winning Channel 4 drama, No Offence.

Commenting on the deal, Alex Mahon, chief executive officer of Channel 4, said: “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.”

Added Sky UK & ROI, chief executive officer Stephen van Rooyen: 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.”