SBC News Global audience saddles up for Grand National weekend

Global audience saddles up for Grand National weekend

As the racing industry gets set for The Randox Grand National tomorrow, the Aintree event will be available to watch on a global scale.

In working with The Jockey Club, Racecourse Media Group (RMG) and HBA Media have secured 30 broadcasters, including Sport 24, which will broadcast the race on 27 airlines and cruise lines.

In the UK, the Randox Grand National will be broadcast on ITV – which pulled in an audience of 7.5m in 2022 – and Virgin Media will screen the race in Ireland. 

The news follows last month’s announcement that ITV is to exclusively broadcast free-to-air coverage of UK horse racing until the end of 2026. 

This three-year deal now sees over 100 days of live content shown across ITV1 and ITV4 every year – all simulcast on ITVX – along with morning racing programme, The Opening Show

Furthermore, RMG’s TV channel, Racing TV, will also show the Grand National in homes and 10,000 pubs in the UK and Ireland.

Dickon White, The Jockey Club’s Regional Director for the North West, said: “The wide range of interest from international broadcasters further endorses the Randox Grand National’s status as the world’s most famous jumps race, if not the most famous horse race anywhere on the planet.

“Working with RMG and HBA Media, we are delighted to attract what will be a truly global audience including via some of the biggest names in sports broadcasting.”

For the first time, Indian OTT sports streaming platform, Fancode, will broadcast all three days of the festival while broadcast networks such as Viaplay (pan Europe), Setanta (Balkans and Eurasia), Polsat (Poland) and WeDoTV (Germany, Switzerland, Austria) will stream the fixture in Europe. 

Furthermore, SuperSport and ESPN Star+ will guarantee pan-regional live coverage across Africa, and South America and the Caribbean.  

CNN will cover the race for its flagship World Sport programme, while Trans World Sport will provide added exposure. Coverage of the race will also be widely available to news outlets across the world via Reuters and SNTV

Moreover, radio coverage in the UK is being provided by BBC Radio 5 Live and talkSPORT, while Racing TV Radio, which syndicates audio on behalf of Aintree Racecourse, will distribute to regional, national and international news stations.

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