Econet Media has added Formula 1® racing to its already impressive portfolio. The African broadcaster has successfully concluded an impressive three and a half year deal with Formula One World Championship Limited which gives its Free-to-Air (FTA) platform Kwesé Free Sports, exclusive free-to-air, English language rights across Sub-Saharan Africa, excluding South Africa. The deal means that Kwesé Free Sports will now broadcast same-day delayed coverage of Formula 1® racing to African viewers in a number of countries.
Coverage starts with the broadcast of the 2016 FORMULA 1 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX from the world famous Spa-Francorchamps on the 28 August. This will include all the race action from practice and qualifying rounds on the 26-27th August as well as the race itself on the 28 August 2016.
This is the latest in a series of exciting announcements from Econet Media, which through Kwesé Free Sports and its live-streaming platform Kwesesports.com is already bringing premium sporting content to viewers across Africa. Leveraging the exclusive multi-platform rights already held by Econet Media across a number of premium sporting codes including the Premier League, the National Basketball Association (NBA), Extreme Fighting Championship (EFC), the National Football League (NFL) and Brazil Football among others, the company will now be bringing Formula 1® racing to viewers across the continent who would not otherwise have access to this exciting sporting code.
Econet Media CEO Joseph Hundah, said: “Econet Media, through our Kwesé portfolio, remains committed to bringing premium sporting content to viewers by becoming a hub for the very best in global and local sports content. We are thrilled to bring African FTA viewers the latest from the Formula One circuits.”