New deal for Racing.com channel to 2025

Seven has announced a five-year extension of its deal with Racing Victoria.

Seven has announced a five-year extension of its deal with Racing Victoria.

This will consists of 21 days of Victorian thoroughbred racing each year on Seven plus year-round content on Racing.com (Channel 78).

Coverage will resume on Saturday 29th August, on what is the official opening day of the 2020 Spring Racing Carnival from Caulfield.

Seven West Media Managing Director and CEO James Warburton said, “We welcome this important agreement with Racing Victoria. It represents another opportunity for Seven to deliver Australian audiences premium sport, adding to our extensive portfolio of sports programming. I’d like to thank Racing Victoria for this significant and continuing partnership.”

Managing Director Seven Melbourne and Head of Network Sport Lewis Martin said: “Seven and Racing Victoria have been bound together for so long by our mutual love of thoroughbred racing and this new agreement is a demonstration of true partnership and the value of it. Together we remain committed to growing the sport of racing and ensuring its long-term health throughout Australia.”

Legendary broadcaster Bruce McAvaney will continue to lead Seven’s racing coverage.

“Racing’s resilience has already been fully tested this year and its ability to connect with the Australian public has been reinforced. The Seven Network’s relationship with the sport in Victoria is enduring. It’s a legacy built up by broadcasting legends Bill Collins and Ron Casey and their standards have set the platform for our current on and off-air racing team. Personally, to be a part of that continuing tradition is a career highlight,” he said.

Racing Victoria CEO Giles Thompson said: “We’re delighted to announce a five-year extension of our broadcast agreement with Seven, who have and will continue to be wonderful supporters of thoroughbred racing. This is a fantastic partnership and we’re excited to be working with the team at Seven to continue building that so that sporting and racing fans remain the winners, enjoying entertaining and informative broadcasts of Victorian racing. Most importantly this agreement underpins and strengthens the future of the industry-owned Racing.com and the pivotal role it plays in showcasing Victorian racing each and every day to the nation as Australia’s only 24/7 free-to-air sporting channel. This is wonderful news for racing fans and keen punters across Australia.”

Racing.com CEO Andrew Catterall added: “We are delighted that Racing.com will continue to be broadcast every day of the week free-to-air nationally on Channel 78 for the next five years. This is a vote of confidence in the team at Racing.com and the role we play supporting the growth of the Victorian racing industry. With the ongoing support of Racing Victoria and Seven, we have now locked down year-round free-to-air distribution to 2025, providing a solid foundation for Racing.com to pursue new opportunities ahead.”

Racing.com is Australia’s only 24/7 free-to-air sporting channel, broadcasting Victorian and South Australian thoroughbred racing every day of the year. It also boasts a suite of insightful and entertaining magazine shows, while broadcasting a number of the biggest meetings in world racing, such as Royal Ascot.

2020-21 season on Seven:

1. Memsie Stakes – Caulfield
2. Feehan Stakes – The Valley
3. Makybe Diva Stakes – Flemington
4. Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes – Caulfield
5. Underwood Stakes – Caulfield
6. Turnbull Stakes – Flemington
7. Caulfield Guineas – Caulfield
8. Caulfield Cup – Caulfield
9. Cox Plate – The Valley
10. Zipping Classic – Sandown

11. C.F. Orr Stakes – Caulfield
12. Black Caviar Lightning Stakes – Flemington
13. Blue Diamond Stakes – Caulfield
14. Australian Guineas – Flemington
15. Australian Cup – Flemington
16. The All-Star Mile – The Valley
17. Mornington Cup – Mornington
18. Golden Mile – Bendigo
19. Easter Cup – Caulfield
20. Caulfield Autumn Raceday – Caulfield
21. Victorian Owners & Breeders Raceday – Caulfield


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  1. Why is Channel Seven wasting their available bandwidth with this waste of time channel. Racing encourages watchers to participate in gambling which results in harm to society if they cannot control the action. Australia makes gambling to accessible including this channel. Racing channels should not be on main TV wasting limited bandwidth. If individuals want to watch said shows they can pay for a pay TV service or go to their local pub. Or watch it in a controlled manner on the internet. But a racing channel on main TV should not be allowed.

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