SPORTS VIEW: Channel 4 Racing at the Grand National… Encore!

April 8, 2013

SOTB’s regular contributor Vernon Grant has his say on Channel 4’s first ever Grand National broadcast.

After almost 30 years in the business, Channel 4 took over as the home of horse racing on free-to-air television at the beginning of 2013, bringing to an end the BBC’s 60-year reign on the sport’s crown jewel events, including the Aintree showpiece.

Since 1980, Vernon has been a producer of a number of televised sports programmes for major broadcasters, including Sky Sports, ITV and Channel 4, as well as several independent production companies.

He now runs the sports betting website VG Tips and here he gives us his unique and informed take on how Channel 4 handled their first attempt at the covering ‘The People’s Race’.

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RACING: Grand National 2013 – Live on Channel 4

March 28, 2013

The biggest test for racehorse and jockey awaits the runners of the world’s most famous horse race – the John Smith’s Grand National – live for the first time ever on Channel 4.

Known as the ‘People’s Race’, it captures the hearts and the imagination of inveterate racing fans and once-a-year viewers alike.

At four-and-a-half miles it is a marathon horse race in the extreme, severely testing the partnership between jockey and horse as they strive to clear 30 fences and negotiate two circuits of the famous Aintree course on their way to sporting immortality.

Channel 4 will broadcast the 2013 edition of the nation’s favourite horse race live on Saturday, April 6, as well as extensive coverage of all three days of the Aintree meeting (April 4-6), plus a range of support programming building up to the world’s most iconic horse race.

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RACING: Cheltenham Festival 2013 – Live on Channel 4

February 27, 2013

Twenty thrilling races and over 20 hours of live action featuring the world’s best jump jockeys and horses will be televised live on Channel 4 from the 2013 Cheltenham Festival.

Jump racing’s greatest festival to provide four days of magic, madness and magnificence, played out on a stage framed by the breathtaking vista of the Cotswold Hills.

The 2013 edition runs from March 12-15 and Channel 4 will have extensive coverage of the first major meeting on the British racing calendar, led for the first time by Clare Balding and the new on-air team.

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RACING: Channel 4 unveils new horse racing team

October 25, 2012

Channel 4 has confirmed its full line-up of presenters, commentators and reporters for its exclusive coverage of horse racing on terrestrial television from 2013.

Having already secured the services of Clare Balding as lead presenter, experienced racing broadcaster Nick Luck will take on a key presenter role supporting Balding on all the sport’s major events.

Members of the current Channel 4 team including Emma Spencer, Jim McGrath and Simon Holt have been retained, and they will be joined by new names and faces on a refreshed Channel 4 Racing on January 1st 2013.

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RACING: Cheltenham Festival 2012 on Channel 4

March 5, 2012

Get ready for the famous Cheltenham roar as the annual racing extravaganza returns to our screens, with extensive live coverage on Channel 4.

The coliseum in the Cotswolds will once again play host to the climax of a the jump season. Featuring the best horses, jockeys and trainers, the Cheltenham Festival is considered by many within the sport to be pinnacle of racing on these shores.

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