A new TV and digital rights deal was signed today for Eurosport Group to broadcast the 24 Hours of Le Mans — and the seven other rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship — until the end of 2016.
It will broadcast the Le Mans race over its entire duration live, along with the practice and qualifying sessions. They will be distributed on TV, online and on mobile platforms too.
The agreement was signed by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, its subsidiary Le Mans Endurance Management which organises the FIA World Endurance Championship and the Eurosport Group. As for the other WEC rounds, only the final hour of each race will be broadcast live.
Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest: “We made a commitment to our partners to develop the television coverage of the 24 Heures du Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championship. This new agreement with Eurosport shows that this is just what we’ve done. We already have a comprehensive network of TV coverage of our races throughout the world, spearheaded by the 24 Heures du Mans, and this deal strengthens that network.”
Gerard Neveu, CEO of Le Mans Endurance Management: “You could say that this is an historic moment in endurance racing in Europe. Eurosport is now a major broadcaster for the World Championship. This considerably increases the visibility of the FIA WEC in Europe and goes some way to answer the wishes of our competitors, partners and fans. It’s a great move for endurance racing but we haven’t reached the finish line yet and we will continue to work hard to get the FIA WEC further coverage on television throughout the world.”
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 eight rounds of the FIA WEC.”