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UK broadcasters announce 2014 TV schedules

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The BBC has announced which races it will show live in the UK next season and which will be shown exclusively live on Sky Sports.

The two broadcasters share the UK TV rights for Formula One, with the BBC covering nine races live and offering highlights packages for the other ten while Sky Sports' subscription channel shows all 19 races live. The BBC will broadcast Malaysia, Spain, Canada, Britian, Belgium, Italy, Japan, Russia and the season finale in Abu Dhabi.

As a result the BBC will not have live coverage of the season opener in Australia or the glamorous Monaco and Singapore Grands Prix.

2014 division of races between UK broadcasters
March 16: Australia - Sky Sports
March 30: Malaysia - Sky Sports and BBC
April 6: Bahrain - Sky Sports
April 20: China - Sky Sports
May 11: Spain - Sky Sports and BBC
May 25: Monaco - Sky Sports
June 8: Canada - Sky Sports and BBC
June 22: Austria - Sky Sports
July 6: Great Britain - Sky Sports and BBC
July 20: Germany - Sky Sports
July 27: Hungary - Sky Sports
August 24: Belgium - Sky Sports and BBC
September 7: Italy - Sky Sports and BBC
September 21: Singapore - Sky Sports
October 5: Japan - Sky Sports and BBC
October 12: Russia - Sky Sports and BBC
November 2: USA - Sky Sports
November 9: Brazil - Sky Sports
November 23: Abu Dhabi - Sky Sports and BBC

Sky Sports does not release viewing figures but is some way off the free-to-air BBC, which reported that 27.8m people watched F1 on the BBC in 2013, an increase of 1.2m on 2012. Highlights of the German Grand Prix attracted a peak audience of 7.7m last season.

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