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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RACING: Racing UK takes Ascot from At The Races

December 17, 2012

Racing UK will gain a hugely significant addition to its roster of televised tracks following a decision by Ascot to award them the broadcast rights for all events at the famous racecourse from June 2014.

The country’s premier venue, home to Royal Ascot every June, will link up with Racecourse Media Group, the parent company of Racing UK which already broadcasts action from the majority of the UK’s major racecourses, including Cheltenham, Aintree, Epsom, Newmarket, York and Goodwood.

The move is a significant setback for rival channel At The Races, which has held the rights to Ascot race meetings since 2004, and is now left with a portfolio mainly consisting of middle and low-grade courses.

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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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FOOTBALL: Sky Sports & ESPN confirm live Premier League games over festive period

October 5, 2012

More than 20 live Barclays Premier League games will broadcast on Sky Sports and ESPN over a bumper festive period for football fans.

All 20 teams in the division will be shown by either broadcaster at least once between December 1 and January 2, with the highlight being Manchester City’s clash with Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium on December 9, which will be shown exclusively live on Sky Sports.

In addition to its feast of live Premier League matches over Christmas, Sky Sports has also confirmed the next set of live npower Football League fixtures, with nine Championships matches set to be broadcast during December.

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RACING: No terrestrial TV coverage of 2012 Arc

September 27, 2012

The 2012 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe will not be shown on free-to-air television after the BBC and Channel 4 decided against picking up the rights to the event.

Dedicated racing channels At The Races and Racing UK will pick up coverage of Europe’s most prestigious flat race live from Longchamp, but none of the meeting will be broadcast on a free-to-air network for the first time in many years.

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RACING: Clare Balding joins Channel 4 Racing

August 13, 2012

Channel 4 has announced that Clare Balding will join the broadcaster as lead presenter of its horse racing coverage from 2013.

The popular presenter, who received huge critical acclaim for her work during the Olympic Games, will work alongside a combination of familiar Channel 4 Racing faces and new talent to be announced later in the year, as the channel welcomes the arrival of all the sport’s premium events from next year, including the Grand National.

In conjunction with Balding’s arrival, Channel 4 has also announced that it has awarded IMG Sports Media the four-year production contract for the corporation’s exclusive racing coverage, taking over from the long-serving Highflyer Productions.

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