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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RACING: QIPCO British Champions Day 2012 – Live on BBC One

October 15, 2012

The climax to the QIPCO British Champions Series takes place this Saturday as Flat racing’s end-of-season championship event at Ascot crowns the best horses of 2012.

QIPCO British Champions Day brings the curtain down on an exciting and historic season, with the headlines set to be dominated by what is probably the final appearance of the feted Frankel, regarded in some quarters as the best racehorse in history.

BBC Sport will have all the action covered on what promises to be a memorable occasion for thousands of racegoers and fans on Saturday, October 20.

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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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RACING: Royal Ascot 2012 – Live on BBC TV

June 13, 2012

The pinnacles of sport and fashion collide once again at Royal Ascot, the world’s most famous flat race meeting, with extensive coverage for the last time on BBC Television.

A national institution and one of the centrepieces of the British social calendar, Ascot’s flagship event is more than just a race meeting for the thousands that gather at the famous racecourse each year.

Its unique blend of tradition, pageantry, fashion and style make it one of the most eagerly anticipated occasions of the summer, and BBC TV has coverage 24 of the 30 races live on BBC One or BBC Two, with the remaining races behind the Red Button.

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