Eurosport renews deal to broadcast live Le Mans 24 Hours and the other rounds of the FIA WEC from 2014 to 2016.
The Eurosport Group has signed a three-year agreement with the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) and Le Mans Endurance Management to broadcast LIVE for next three seasons the FIA World Endurance Championship, featuring the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours.
The extension of the current deal covers 2014 to 2016 and involves TV and digital rights for Le Mans 24 Hours and the other seven rounds of the FIA WEC in a total of 71 countries in Europe and Asia-Pacific region.
Eurosport will broadcast every minute of the iconic 24-Hour race LIVE across channels Eurosport and Eurosport 2 as well as on internet and mobile on the Eurosport Player online TV service. Eurosport’s extensive coverage is also enhanced with the live broadcast of the free sessions, qualifying sessions and “Le Mans 24 Minutes” magazine, the daily on-site show produced by the channel during Le Mans week.
Launched in 2012, the rising FIA Endurance World Championship includes eight rounds: 6 Hours of Silverstone, 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, Le Mans 24 Hours, 6 Hours of Sao Paulo, 6 Hours of the Circuit of the Americas, 6 Hours of Fuji, 6 Hours of Shanghai and 6 Hours of Bahrain.
Eurosport will broadcast live the last hour of each round in high definition, bringing viewers all the excitement of the endurance racing on legendary circuits as well as in destinations where the history of motor sport is yet to develop. The winners of the FIA WEC were last year the winners of Le Mans too: Marcel Fässler, Benoît Tréluyer and André Lotterer on Audi.
Jean-Thierry Augustin, CEO, Eurosport Group says:
“Le Mans 24 Hours is the most famous car racing event in history and one of the highlights of our programming. Viewers will not miss a minute of the race wherever they are, with our round-the-clock LIVE coverage on air, online and on mobile. They will also enjoy unique editorial extras brought each year by our teams on site. The extension of our long-standing relationship with ACO also enables us to guarantee fans the very best of endurance racing throughout the whole season with the eight rounds of the FIA WEC.”