Sky Italia secures F1 broadcast rights from 2013, meaning only nine races will be broadcast free-to-air in Italy
|By Pablo Elizalde||Thursday, June 7th 2012, 14:04 GMT|
Italy will follow Britain's lead in regards to TV coverage of Formula 1 after Sky Italia secured the right to broadcast the sport from 2013.
The move means Sky, a pay TV channel which is part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, will broadcast all races live next year.
Only nine of the races - one of which will be Monza - will be shown live free-to-air, with Sky and FOM set to mutually decide upon the network. RAI currently holds the broadcast rights.
BSkyB, also part of News Corp, broadcasts all races in its pay TV platform in the UK this year.
"We have worked with Sky Italia in the past and I have no doubts about their production standards," said Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone in a statement. "We have a similar agreement in Britain that is working very well."
Sky Italia recently also won the broadcast rights to MotoGP from 2014.