EQUESTRIAN: Longines Global Champions Tour – Live from London’s Olympic Park on BBC One

June 5, 2013

Top-class international show jumping returns to London almost a year on from the 2012 Olympics, as the fourth round of the Longines Global Champions Tour takes place at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Many of Team GB’s gold medal-winning team from last year’s Games will compete for a top prize of €450,000 as the prestigious worldwide series is staged for the first time in the city.

The world’s top 40 riders, including Team GB gold medallists Nick Skelton, Scott Brash and Ben Maher, will be taking part in this spectacular event at the Olympic Park which will be broadcast live on BBC One this Saturday (June 8).

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FOOTBALL: Danny Baker and Danny Kelly reunited for BT Sport football show

June 3, 2013

Celebrated sports broadcasters Danny Baker and Danny Kelly will reform their on-off broadcasting partnership to front a lively Friday night football show on the new BT Sport channels.

The duo have worked together on similar shows over the past two decades, most famously on BBC Radio 5 Live, and they will be reunited for a live interactive football show entitled ‘Baker and Kelly’s Vaguely Sporting Phone-Out’.

It will run on Friday evenings for 40 weeks throughout the 2013-2014 season on BT Sport, with the first show airing on August 16, the day before the 2013/14 Barclays Premier League season kicks off.

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RACING: Investec Derby 2013 – Live on Channel 4

May 26, 2013

Britain’s richest horse race – the Investec Derby, considered the most prestigious of the UK’s five classics – returns to Channel 4 for the first time in 13 years.

Dating back to 1780, the Epsom Derby is still ranked the greatest flat race in the world and with winnings of £1.25m it has one of the biggest prize pots in UK racing, matched only by the prestige that victory on the famous course brings.

Ten live races will be broadcast on Channel 4 over the two days, featuring the Investec Oaks on Friday, May 31, followed by the blue-riband Investec Derby on Saturday, June 1, at 4.00pm.

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AWARDS: Channel 4 wins BAFTA award for London 2012 Paralympics coverage

May 12, 2013

Channel 4 has won the BAFTA TV award in the ‘Sport and Live Event’ category for its ground-breaking coverage of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

The broadcaster fought off strong competition from the production team behind the London 2012 opening ceremony, as well as BBC Sport’s coverage of ‘Super Saturday’ at the London 2012 Olympics and the Wimbledon men’s singles final.

Commenting on stage on behalf of the Channel 4 on-air team at the ceremony staged at London’s Royal Festival Hall, former Paralympian Ade Adepitan, who co-presented alongside Clare Balding at the Games, said he was in shock that the broadcaster had claimed the prize.

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TV: BT Sport announces on-air presentation line-up

May 9, 2013

BT Sport has revealed its full line-up of presenters, analysts, commentators and reporters ahead the network’s launch this summer.

Among the BT team are some big name signings from the worlds of football, rugby union and tennis, plus brief details of two new regular sports magazine shows presented by Clare Balding and Tim Lovejoy.

Alongside a raft of major announcements made at BT Sport’s new headquarters on the Olympic Park, the channel’s advertising campaign hits television screens which reveasl the exciting and accessible personality of its new channels.

BT Sport has also set its launch date – Thursday, August 1, 2013.

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EQUESTRIAN: Badminton Horse Trials 2013 – Live on BBC Sport

April 30, 2013

An all-star entry list featuring world champions and London 2012 Olympians heads up the field for the 2013 Badminton Horse Trials, one of equestrian sport’s showpiece events.

Anticipation is higher than ever this year after the famous event was cancelled last year because heavy and persistent rain in the weeks prior to the event left the famous Gloucestershire venue flooded.

BBC Sport will have all the key action from the final two days of the 2013 event, fronted by Clare Balding, including live coverage of the closing cross country and jumping disciplines.

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RACING: QIPCO Guineas Festival 2013 – Live on Channel 4

April 30, 2013

The historic QIPCO Guineas Festival at Newmarket sees a selection of Europe’s finest racehorses going head-to-head over the Rowley Mile in the famous 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas races, live on Channel 4 Racing.

This year’s festival is set to be even bigger than ever as the racecourse celebrates the 200th running of the 1,000 Guineas, one of British racing’s five Classics.

Providing the annual curtain raiser for the new Flat season, the 2,000 and 1,000 Guineas kicks off the 2013 QIPCO British Champions Series and represents a great opportunity to capitalise on the buzz of a new season.

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