BBC Radio 5 live has signed a new four-year racing deal, meaning every single race will be available live on BBC Radio.
The deal with Racecourse Media Group includes extensive live coverage of flagship events, starting this year with the Cheltenham Festival on-air and online.
Racing broadcaster Derek Thompson will join the Cheltenham Festival team to bring listeners all the post-race interviews and breaking news. The line-up also includes Andrew Thornton, the 1998 Gold Cup-winning jockey, and Paralympian and broadcaster Kate Grey, who joins as a roving reporter.
Jonathan Wall, Controller of BBC Radio 5 live and 5 live sports extra, says: “We’re delighted to have renewed our contract with Racecourse Media Group, which further demonstrates our commitment to racing. The sport has always been a core part of BBC Radio 5 live’s output and 2013 will see more great coverage led by the best commentary team in the business, Cornelius Lysaght and John Hunt.
“We’re really looking forward to the Cheltenham Festival, when the whole station gets involved to bring all the action, atmosphere and excitement to listeners. I’m also delighted to welcome Andrew, Derek and Kate to our team. The comprehensive radio coverage combined with the wide reach of BBC Online and mobile will deliver excellent coverage of the sport to audiences.”
John Inverdale will present BBC Radio 5 live and 5 live sports extra’s coverage from Cheltenham, along with racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght. Commentary comes from John Hunt and Luke Harvey, and eight-time Champion Jumps Jockey Peter Scudamore will again offer his expert insight and analysis. Kevin Day and Rob Nothman are also back.