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Where can we watch the Arc this year?

The BBC yesterday confirmed an addition to its decision to withdraw from coverage of racing from next year. The organisation had held a contract with France-Galop, under which it has broadcast the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe for the last ten years. Read more

Intrigue in competition to produce Channel 4 racing

Channel 4 may have secured the rights for terrestrial television coverage of racing over the next four years, but there’s a real soap opera intrigue over who will handle the production of their broadcasts. Read more

Gervais loses it in rant over racing

Comedian Ricky Gervais launched an outspoken attack on the Grand National and horse racing in general, which he described as involving horse being “slaughtered for fun.” Read more

Channel 4 warned about advertising during Royal Ascot

Good Call - but during Royal Ascot? Surely not.

Channel 4 faced strong questioning about its advertising approach during negotiations that have led to the broadcasting company having a monopoly of television coverage on terrestrial channels from next year. Ascot racecourse, whose chief executive Charles Barnett was part of the negotiating team, had particular reservations about a switch to a commercial station. Read more

Welsh National to be BBC’s last hooray

I do hope the weather allows racing to take place at Chepstow on 27 December and that the Coral Welsh National goes ahead as planned. That day’s racing is scheduled to mark the end of an era of 50 years of broadcasting horse racing on the BBC, and no doubt the programme will be full of nostalgia and old clips. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Peter O’Sullevan could be coaxed out of retirement for one last commentary? Read more

BBC set to scrap its racing coverage

Just a month ago Racecourse Media Group (RMG), the body responsible for selling racing’s media rights, was anticipating a bidding war, particularly for racing’s “crown jewel” events of the Grand National, The Derby and Royal Ascot. These are all currently shown on BBC television, and the deal for them is up for renewal at the end of this year. Read more

Channel 4 geared up for Cheltenham

The Channel 4 crew are moving into Cheltenham in a big way. The team of 85, which includes 38 different cameras, is more than twice the number employed to bring a normal Channel 4 Racing programme to the screens. It's pretty much on a par with a Sky Sports broadcasting team for a Premier league game of football. Read more

Super Saturday moves to Fab Friday

As I was driving home yesterday I passed Newbury racecourse and it was quite obvious why Betfair Day had been called off on Saturday. Despite the optimism expressed last week, the snow came and there was still an inch or so on the track yesterday afternoon. Read more

Channel 4 says new look “Morning Line” a success

It's just a year now since Channel 4 updated and relaunched its Saturday morning racing programme The Morning Line. It was probably due for a revamp, as the format had been virtually unchanged since it began 20 years ago. Read more