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BBC signs new five-year deal for racing for The Grand National, The Derby and Royal Ascot

Category: Sport
Date: 30.04.2004
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BBC Sport announced today that it has signed new agreements with the Racecourse Holdings Trust (RHT) and Royal Ascot to broadcast racing from The Grand National, The Derby and Royal Ascot until 2010.

The new contracts, for both television and radio, will cover racing from Ascot, Aintree and Epsom.

Negotiations will now commence in respect of the BBC's other racing.

BBC Director of Sport Rights and Finance, Dominic Coles, said: "We're delighted to have re-signed our three pillars of racing - the Grand National, Royal Ascot and The Derby - until the end of the decade, in the face of keen competition for the rights.

"This completes the last piece of a jigsaw puzzle of major domestic events for the BBC.

"We're pleased that most of Britain's premier sporting events are now live on terrestrial television."

Managing Director of RHT, Richard Johnston, said: "This contract will ensure that through the BBC's worldwide coverage, audiences will continue to enjoy coverage of the next six Derbys, five Grand Nationals and continuing coverage from Haydock Park.

"RHT has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with the BBC and we are delighted to have reached this new agreement."

Chief Executive of Ascot Racecourse, Douglas Erskine-Crum, said: "We are very pleased to be continuing our long-standing and strong association with the BBC. 

"We are delighted that the BBC will continue to broadcast racing from Ascot and look forward to working with their team over the next five years, and especially after our redevelopment in 2006."

Notes to Editors

The BBC now owns or shares the rights to all but one of the 'A Listed' Crown Jewel sporting events, as set out by the Government.

The complete list is as follows:

The Olympic Games  

The FIFA World Cup Finals Tournament  

 The FA Cup Final  

 The Scottish FA Cup Final (in Scotland)

 The Grand National

 The Derby

 The Wimbledon Tennis Finals  

 The European Football Championship Finals Tournament  

 The Rugby League Challenge Cup Final  

 The Rugby World Cup Final (ITV)



Category: Sport
Date: 30.04.2004
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