The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race has signed a major programming package with Beijing Television, its first in China.
Clipper, which allows the general public to be trained up and compete in a round-the-world race, already produces 'generic sports and human adventure' programming which is distributed globally by BBC Worldwide.
The BTV deal, however, is the first in what Clipper called 'additional territory specific co-production partnerships to focus on individual national teams and participants'.
BTV, which broadcasts nationally and is developing its IPTV and cable distribution across the country, will follow the progress of the Chinese team in the 2015/16 race.
“It is the first time we have embarked upon a co-production of this scale to produce a comprehensive Chinese language documentary series, news, sports and online coverage about the Clipper Race which will focus on the entry from the former Beijing 2008 Olympics sailing city of Qingdao,” said Clipper Ventures' global business and communications director Jonathan Levy.
BTV documentary channel director Chen Dali added: “We will not only have our own cameraman aboard the Qingdao yacht for the whole race but we will also have rights to access all the official race footage from a range of fixed and manned cameras on Qingdao and all the other competing boats, in addition to helicopter, on-water and land based cameras.”
The Chinese city of Qingdao signed a deal in 2012 to compete in both the 2013/14 and 2015/16 editions of the Clipper Race.