SRG SSR pockets Swiss Formula E rights ahead of Zurich ePrix

Public-service broadcaster to cover all-electric racing series until 2020.

SRG SSR pockets Swiss Formula E rights ahead of Zurich ePrix

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Swiss public-service broadcaster SRG SSR has secured rights to Formula E ahead of the all-electric racing series’ first event in the country.

The deal will see the network cover the championship until the end of the 2019/20 season, while the RSI, RTR, RTS and SRF platforms will also be able to carry the series on TV, radio and digital media.

In February, pay-TV broadcaster MySports acquired rights for the 2017/18 season of Formula E, and it is currently providing live coverage of every race, along with qualifying and practice sessions and magazine programming.

Pascal Derron, managing director and founder of Swiss E-Prix Operations AG, said: “The Zurich ePrix 2018 will be the first circuit race in Switzerland after 64 years, a show that can be followed across the country thanks to the SSR. We thus take a decisive step towards our goal of presenting the new frontier of electric mobility to a broad public.”

Roland Mägerle, head of the sports business unit for SSR, added: “The first Formula E race in Switzerland is a great event for all motorsport enthusiasts. I am happy that our audience will be able to attend this premiere live in all the regions and languages ​​of the country and that the Formula E races in Switzerland will be part of the rich live sport offering on SSR in the coming years.”

This year’s Zurich ePrix, which takes place on 10th June, will be the first motorsport event in Switzerland in over 60 years.  

Formula One’s Swiss Grand Prix in 1954 was the last motorsport event to be held in the country due to the disaster at the 1955 Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race in France that claimed the lives of dozens of spectators, and resulted in motor racing being outlawed in Switzerland. A law change in 2015 lifted restrictions on fully electric racing, allowing Formula E to schedule an event on the streets of Zurich.