Royal Ascot to be broadcast in over 90 territories as BBC Worldwide secures new sales for 2012
Royal Ascot is the richest race meeting in Europe, so it’s fantastic that we’ve found three great new homes for it in Channel Seven, beIN Sport and Eurosport Asia." Danny O’Toole, Head of Sport at BBC Worldwide
In total, BBC Worldwide has licensed the Royal Ascot coverage to 91 territories. Territories also taking the live feed include CBC Canada, RAI Italy and NHK Japan.
The broadcast will feature champion Australian mare Black Caviar looking to confirm her status as the world’s best sprinter in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes.
Royal Ascot takes place at Ascot racecourse on the 19th – 23rd June. With a total prize fund of £4.5 million, Royal Ascot is Europe’s premier race meeting. This year it will feature The Diamond Jubilee Stakes, with prize money of £500,000, making it Britain’s most valuable sprint race.
Danny O’Toole, Head of Sport at BBC Worldwide says “Royal Ascot is the richest race meeting in Europe, so it’s fantastic that we’ve found three great new homes for it in Channel Seven, beIN Sport and Eurosport Asia. Royal Ascot is already a major television event for our global partners, and an important part of our racing event catalogue, along with the Betfair Weekend King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the QIPCO British Champions Day.”
Nick Smith, Head of Communications & International Racing at Royal Ascot commented “With approaching 300,000 people attending every year, Royal Ascot is Britain’s biggest flat race meeting. We are very pleased to be working with BBC Worldwide to bring the event to even bigger audiences all over the world.”
For more information, please contact:
Communications Officer, Content & Production and Sales & Distribution, BBC Worldwide
Tel: +44 (0) 208 8433 3862
NOTES TO EDITORS
Eurosport Asia is part of the Eurosport network owned by French broadcaster TF1 group.
Channel Seven (also known as Seven Network) is the leading free-to-air capital city television network.
beIN Sport is a new French premium network of sports channels operated by Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera. beIN Sport 1 launched on 1 June 2012 and will be France’s first dedicated sports channel.
BBC Worldwide Limited is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The company exists to maximise the value of the BBC’s assets for the benefit of the licence fee payer and invest in public service programming in return for rights. The company has six core businesses: Channels, Content & Production, Sales & Distribution, Consumer Products, and Brands, Consumers & New Ventures, with digital ventures incorporated into each business area. In 2010/11, BBC Worldwide generated profits of £160 million on sales of £1158 million and returned £182m to the BBC. For more detailed performance information please see our Annual Review website: www.bbcworldwide.com/annualreview
BBC Worldwide Sales & Distribution
BBC Worldwide Sales & Distribution is responsible for licensing programmes to customers around the world on behalf of the BBC and independent production companies. As the largest exporter of finished television programmes outside of the US studios, this business manages a catalogue of around 50,000 hours spanning all genres. It runs BBC Worldwide Showcase, the world’s biggest programme trade fair organised by a single distributor and is also responsible for developing and sourcing funding and partners for international co-productions. In 2010/11, Sales & Distribution generated gross profits of £64 million on gross sales of £260.6 million.
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