Grand National preps for global coverage
April 14, 2023
The Randox Grand National at Aintree on April 15th will be available to watch in all corners of the globe – and above it – with live coverage of the world’s most famous Jumps race also available on airlines.
Working with The Jockey Club, which owns and operates Aintree Racecourse and stages the Randox Grand National, Racecourse Media Group (RMG) and HBA Media have secured 30 broadcasters, including Sport 24, who will broadcast the race on 27 airlines and cruise lines.
For the first time, Indian OTT sports streaming platform, Fancode, will broadcast all three days of the Randox Grand National Festival while leading broadcast networks such as Viaplay (pan Europe), Setanta (Balkans and Eurasia), Polsat (Poland) and WeDoTV (Germany, Switzerland, Austria) will showcase the fixture in Europe. SuperSport and ESPN Star+ will guarantee pan-regional live coverage across Africa, and South America and the Caribbean.
In the UK the Randox Grand National will be broadcast on ITV – which pulled in an audience of 7.5 million in 2022 – while Virgin Media will screen the race in Ireland. RMG’s own TV channel, Racing TV, will also show the race in homes and 10,000 pubs in UK and Ireland.
CNN will cover the race for its flagship World Sport programme, which reaches over 370 million households, while Trans World Sport, the leading global sports magazine programme, will provide added exposure. Coverage of the race will also be widely available to news outlets across the world via Reuters and SNTV.
Dickon White, The Jockey Club’s Regional Director for the North West, commented: “The wide range of interest from international broadcasters further endorses the Randox Grand National’s status as the world’s most famous Jumps race, if not the most famous horse race anywhere on the planet. Working with RMG and HBA Media, we are delighted to attract what will be a truly global audience including via some of the biggest names in sports broadcasting.”
List of TV broadcasters include:
North and South America, plus the Caribbean: TVG, NYRA (US); Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, HPI (Canada); ESPN Star+ (50 countries in Latin America, Caribbean) and SportsMax (32 countries in Caribbean).
Africa, MENA and Sub-Continent: SuperSport (48 countries in Africa), Racing 240 (16 countries in Southern Africa), Dubai Racing Channel (17 countries in MENA), Fancode, Sony Pictures Network (India and subcontinent)
Asia Pacific: Sky Thoroughbred Central (Australia), Trackside (New Zealand), Green Channel (Japan, highlights), Wasu (China, highlights)
Europe: ITV (UK); Racing TV (UK, Republic of Ireland); Virgin Media 1 (Republic of Ireland); Equidia (France); SilkNet (Georgia); Viaplay (Pan Europe), Polsat (Poland), Setanta (Baltics and Eurasia), Wedo TV (Germany, Switzerland and Austria).
Radio listeners can access live coverage in the UK courtesy of BBC Radio 5 Live and talkSPORT, while Racing TV Radio, which syndicates audio on behalf of Aintree Racecourse, will distribute to regional, national and international news stations.