The Courier-Mail

New Foxtel channel will extend racing reach

- ROD NICHOLSON

RACING fans can expect ct extensive coverage of Victorian races on a dedicated dicated Foxtel channel – including uding a possible return to formerer TVN outlet 522 – within a fortnight.tnight.

Racing Victoria chief ef Bernard Saundry said TVN’s “boutique” style of coverageer­age “will happen” and that “Channel 78 will go on Foxtel before August 29”.

That is the date – Memsie emsie Stakes Day – the Seven Network will officially launchnch its racing channel (Channelel 78).

Saundry suggested new corporate bookmaker digital platforms would becomee available within the next 10 days.

Tabcorp managing director and chief executive David avid Attenborou­gh said the overall impact of the new package “will not be materially different to previous arrangemen­ts”. ments”.

Racing Victoria has not suffered financiall­y as it changes its business model.

Any amount it passed ed up in the new deal with Tabcorp, corp, it has more than made up with funding from corporatee bookmakers.

“We are debt-free and nd looking at a very healthy surplus this year,” Saundry said..

“We have record prizemoney with the recentnt $16.5 million injection of funds. ds.

“And, in the media a rights strategy, we are achieving hieving our desired platforms ms that will allow the most number of people to watch Victorian ictorian racing when, where and nd how they like.”

 ??  ?? TV DEAL: Racing Victoriaor­ia chief Bernard Saundry. y.
TV DEAL: Racing Victoriaor­ia chief Bernard Saundry. y.

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