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TSN inks 5-year deal with Formula One

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TORONTO - TSN today announced it has reached a new five-year deal with Formula One, effective February 2005 through the 2009 season. TSN will televise all races on the F-1 circuit annually, including pre-races and qualifying.

Under terms of the new agreement, TSN will continue to be the official F-1 broadcaster for English Canada. TSN has been televising Formula One since 1989. The previous broadcast deal was for three years.

RDS, Canada's top-rated French-language sports network, has also extended its commitment to F-1 coverage through 2009. RDS will televise all F-1 circuit races annually, including pre-race and qualifying coverage.

TSN will televise all 19 races on the F-1 schedule this season, including the popular Canadian Grand Prix from Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (June 11 and 12) and a new race from Istanbul, Turkey (August 20 and 21).

The 2005 season gets underway this weekend with the Australian Grand Prix - qualifying on Friday, March 4 at 12 midnight ET, followed by the pre-race and race on Saturday, March 5 at 9 p.m. ET.

This season, TSN will once again use the World Feed and augment the feed with ITV commentators. On Saturdays, TSN will televise F-1 qualifying, with Vic Rauter in-studio and Gerald Donaldson on site at the races. On Sundays, Rauter will anchor the F-1 pre-race, which will include key highlights from the second qualifying earlier in the day.

TSN's 2005 Formula One broadcast schedule is as follows:
*March 5 - Australian Grand Prix (Albert Park, Melbourne)
*March 20 - Malaysian Grand Prix (Sepang International Circuit, Kuala
*April 3 - Bahrain Grand Prix (Bahrain)
*April 24 - San Marino Grand Prix (Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola)
*May 8 - Spanish Grand Prix (Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona)
*May 22 - Monaco Grand Prix (Monte Carlo Circuit)
*May 29 - European Grand Prix (Nurburgring Circuit, Nurburg)
*June 12 - Canadian Grand Prix (Gilles Villeneuve Circuit, Montreal)
*June 19 - U.S. Grand Prix (Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis)
*July 3 - French Grand Prix (Circuit de Nevers, Magny-Cours)
*July 10 - British Grand Prix (Silverstone)
*July 24 - German Grand Prix (Hockenheimring, Hockenheim)
*July 31 - Hungarian Grand Prix (Hungaroring, Budapest)
*August 21 - Turkish Grand Prix (TBD)
*September 4 - Italian Grand Prix (Monza)
*September 11 - Belgian Grand Prix (Circuit de Spa, Spa-Francorchamps)
*September 25 - Brazilian Grand Prix (Interlagos Circuit, Sao Paulo)
*October 9 - Japanese Grand Prix (Suzuka International Racing Course,
*October 16 - Chinese Grand Prix (Shanghai)

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