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Thompson signs for revamped radio coverage of Festival

Derek Thompson

Derek Thompson

BBC Radio 5 has signed a four-year deal with Racecourse Media Group, which secures radio coverage of many major meetings until 2016. The new contract comes into effect from this year’s Cheltenham Festival. For the first time, Radio 5 will broadcast live commentary on every race at the festival although for the later races each day you will need a digital radio to hear it. Read more

Starstudded Frankel feature of radio ptogramme

Frankel - ready for stud career

Frankel - ready for stud career

Radio 5 Live has really woken up to racing. Following last week’s profile of Tony McCoy the station is to broadcast a feature about Frankel and Sir Henry Cecil this evening. The programme, called “Frankel - Starstudded”, goes out at 7.30pm, looks at the science and strategy of breeding, taking the preparation of Frankel for his stud career by way of illustration. 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