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    ITV set to become new broadcaster for racing

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      ITV set to become new broadcaster for racing

      Shock as Channel 4 loses racing rights to ITV | Horse Racing News | Racing Post
      THE televising of British horseracing will undergo a seismic revolution next year after ITV sensationally defeated Channel 4 to become the sport's new terrestrial partner and the next home of the Grand National, Cheltenham Festival, Derby and Royal Ascot.

      Following months of intense negotiations ITV, the Racing Post understands, has secured an exclusive contract after agreeing to pay in the region of 30 million over four years for the right to regain access to a sport it last showcased 31 years ago.

      More than three decades of continuous racing coverage on Channel 4 will come to an end when the network televises Newbury's Challow Hurdle card on December 31. Just 24 hours later ITV is set to make a dramatic return to racing with the New Year's Day card at Cheltenham, which on Friday opened what will be Channel 4's final year with the sport.

      Flagging viewing figures could be boosted


      Since controversially acquiring the BBC's crown jewels from the start of 2013, Channel 4's tenure as racing's sole terrestrial partner has been beset by disastrous ratings for most marquee fixtures. Royal Ascot has lost half its viewers, the Derby's figure last year plummeted to a record low, and British Champions Day has had its audience collapse from an average of 1.1m in the BBC's final year to just 367,000 last October.

      By severing ties with Channel 4 the sport's rights holders - led by Racecourse Media Group, Jockey Club Racecourses, Ascot, British Champions Series and Arena Racing Company - will be hoping the transfer of racing's showpiece events to a more popular mainstream channel will help to regain many of those viewers lost on Channel 4.

      However, although the very biggest fixtures will be showcased on ITV's main channel, it has long been believed the majority of racedays would be shown on ITV4, whose ratings would be expected to prove smaller than those achieved on Channel 4. Indeed, there had been unconfirmed rumours a proportion of ITV4's output would be largely studio-based.

      Details of how ITV will split its coverage between its two platforms - and the total number of days involved - are expected to be announced when the new deal is officially unveiled. Also unclear is whether ITV will produce its own racing programmes or outsource to a production company. However, the broadcaster is already likely to have ideas about who will be its principal presenters, pundits and commentators.

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      Re: ITV set to become new broadcaster for racing

      This horrificly cruel, barbaric & stupid outdated 'sport of kings' should really be on a special 18+ channel...

      Along with bull fighting, fox hunting & any other sick activities which are inexplicably still legal.
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      Re: ITV set to become new broadcaster for racing

      Horse racing isn't cruel.

      Many of the areas where horses might once have been harmed have been banned and there are strict checks to ensure that the Jockeys abide by the rules.

      As for the owners, it is in their interests to look after the horses. If they don't then they simply won't be able to get the best for them from any racing.

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      Re: ITV set to become new broadcaster for racing

      LOL.

      You try being enslaved, leather straps all over you etc & repeatedly kicked in the ribs to run for a few years.

      And then shot dead when you break a leg.

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      Re: ITV set to become new broadcaster for racing

      Can't be any worse than being brought up in Essex.

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      Re: ITV set to become new broadcaster for racing

      Quote Originally Posted by BurnIT View Post
      Can't be any worse than being brought up in Essex.
      Preferable to dying of boredom in Staffordshire though?

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      Re: ITV set to become new broadcaster for racing

      Have no infinity to horse racing Myself. Complete bore if Im honest.
      Even though as a youngster through school I learnt to ride and control on roads and jumps (was a popular sport for our schools in the early 70s, well there was lot more stables, green countryside in and around the towns in those days) but never riden one since.
      Horse racing for me sits in the past (Grandstand and World of Sport) and you waited till it finished for the sport you were interested in and the football pools results. Yes saturday afternoons and only three channels!
      It did all seem to waver with the the fiasco Grand national years.
      Sounds like its not been a good ride for C4 with those dropping viewing figures. Well they have some F1 now, so ditch one sport to give another a go.
      But Im sure the sad old gits with a betting slip will be watching it on itv and not care.

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      Re: ITV set to become new broadcaster for racing

      @lettice : Take a look in your local bookie next time you walk past, or visit a track on racedays and you'll find a fair cross-section of age groups.

      @gymno : I'm not into horse racing at all, and I really dislike jump, but banning horse racing would be equivalent to King Canute trying to stop the tides... ain't never going to happen, best we can do is to make it safer.
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      Re: ITV set to become new broadcaster for racing

      There is a simple truth that tends to be forgotten...

      If horse racing were to be banned, then there would be no reason to bread the horses.

      This would mean that we simple wouldn't have any horses to complain about.

      This is exactly what happened when the farmers started to get tractors.

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      Re: ITV set to become new broadcaster for racing

      It's is true there are good and bad jockeys ( I do not mean the underwear although that may also be true. ) and hence the bans they get for maltreatment of thier mount.
      On the other hand, if you are a good horse, stallion or mare, win a few races and you get put out to stud, perhaps we should contemplate that for humans too.

      Not so much fun if you are a gelding though.
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