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 Wimbledon Tennis Finals
The European Football Championship Finals Tournament
The Rugby League Challenge Cup Final
The Rugby World Cup Final (ITV)