Happy New Year as Rac­ing re­branded

Sunday Sun - - Racing -

RAC­ING UK’s New Year re­brand as Rac­ing TV is to fea­ture an “Ex­tra” stream to en­sure full cov­er­age of all its 61 race­courses fol­low­ing the ac­qui­si­tion of all Ir­ish con­tent.

The chan­nel, owned by par­ent com­pany Race­course Me­dia Group (RMG), has also snapped up com­peti­tor At The Races’ Ir­ish pre­sen­ter Gary O’Brien for its Ir­ish cov­er­age in time for its relaunch on Jan­uary 1.

O’Brien will broad­cast to its 50,000 Bri­tish and Ir­ish sub­scribers and 6,000 pubs and clubs – along­side new high-pro­file col­league Ruby Walsh – while Kevin O’Ryan, also for­merly of ATR, and Donn McClean will be part of the cov­er­age too.

De­tails were un­veiled yes­ter­day, dove­tail­ing with launch events be­fore this week­end’s stel­lar cards at New­bury and Fairy­house, ex­plain­ing plans for Rac­ing TV.

It was an­nounced 10 months ago that sub­scrip­tion chan­nel Rac­ing UK had se­cured the rights, pre­vi­ously held by ATR, for all the ac­tion from Ire­land’s race­courses as well as Chelms­ford’s all-weather track in the UK.

A state­ment from RMG read: “Rac­ing UK has to­day an­nounced that it will be­come Rac­ing TV – as the chan­nel looks for­ward to wel­com­ing rac­ing from all 26 Ir­ish race­courses from Jan­uary 1.

“Rac­ing TV will broad­cast live rac­ing from 61 race­courses – equat­ing to more than 70% of all rac­ing from Bri­tain and Ire­land, in­clud­ing nearly 90% of all Group and Graded races.

“It means that Rac­ing TV will have only one day with­out any live rac­ing out­side Good Fri­day and four days at Christ­mas.”

Plans for the broad­cast team were also in­cluded, as well as ap­par­ent con­fir­ma­tion that se­lected con­tent will air on­line.

The re­lease added: “Gary O’Brien will spear­head the Rac­ing TV team in Ire­land, where he will be joined by Kevin O’Ryan, Kate Har­ring­ton, Ruby Walsh and Donn McClean – while new pro­gram­ming and ex­tended broad­cast hours, in­clud­ing a daily Mark Your Card pre­view pro­gramme, are also be­ing in­tro­duced.

“Each of the 61 race­courses will have its own ded­i­cated live stream avail­able on Rac­ing TV Ex­tra, a fea­ture of Rac­ing TV’s dig­i­tal plat­form.

“This means live cov­er­age of ev­ery Bri­tish and Ir­ish race in its en­tirety.”

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