NEWS: Texaco to pay pounds 12m for F1 motor racing sponsorship on ITV

By CLAIRE BEALE, campaignlive.co.uk, Friday, 06 December 1996 12:00AM

The oil giant, Texaco, has triumphed in the battle to win sponsorship rights to ITV’s coverage of Formula One motor racing in a pounds 12 million three-year deal.

The oil giant, Texaco, has triumphed in the battle to win sponsorship

rights to ITV’s coverage of Formula One motor racing in a pounds 12

million three-year deal.



Texaco is said to have outbid the RAC in a final two-way tussle to tie

up the biggest-ever sports sponsorship deal on ITV.



In a contract negotiated by Texaco’s integrated agency, IMP, and its

media buying agency, the Media Centre, the company will receive

exclusive sponsorship access to all F1 programming.



The sponsorship package will incorporate short break bumpers during the

race, normal bumper credits in breaks outside the race itself and longer

credits for special F1 weekends.



F1 is seen by ITV as one of the jewels in its male-orientated

programming crown, and it hopes it will boost male audiences after a

lean period during which Sky has run top football events such as the FA

Carling Premiership.



According to ITV, 83 per cent of ABC1 16- to 34-year-old men watched at

least one F1 race last year.



Details of the deal were being worked out as Campaign went to press, but

a Texaco spokesman confirmed talks were at an advanced stage.



This article was first published on campaignlive.co.uk

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