Racing TV (formerly Racing UK) is a British television channel with 35 (61 from January 2019) racecourses as shareholders. As Racing UK grew several other business units and joint ventures were developed. It is one of the two major UK horse racing television channels, the other being Sky Sports Racing which receives much more of a audience and more exposure than Racing TV. The station is focused on horse racing from the UK, Ireland, North America and France, showing many live races and related shows.
|Launched||1 September 2004|
|Owned by||35 UK racecourses|
|Picture format||16:9, 576i (SDTV)|
|Broadcast area||United Kingdom|
|Formerly called||Racing UK (2004-2018)|
|Freeview||Channel 261 (Data Service)|
|Youview||Channel 261 (Data Service)|
|Sky||Channel 426 (SD/HD)|
Channel 874 (SD)
|Virgin Media (UK)||Channel 536|
|Virgin Media Ireland||Channel 411|
|Racing TV Anywhere||https://www.racinguk.com/videos/watch/live|
On 17 December 2018, Racing UK was rebranded as Racing TV (originally planned for 1 January 2019, the same date as competitor At the Races rebranded to Sky Sports Racing).
Racecourse Media GroupEdit
Racecourse Media Group Ltd (RMG) is the umbrella organisation for the 35 Racecourses, which holds their interest in Racing TV, Turf TV and GBI Racing. The racecourses (the shareholders) are: Aintree, Ayr, Beverley, Carlisle, Cartmel, Catterick Bridge, Cheltenham, Chelmsford ,Epsom Downs, Exeter, Goodwood, Hamilton Park, Haydock Park, Huntingdon, Kelso, Kempton Park, Leicester, Ludlow, Market Rasen, Musselburgh, Newbury, Newmarket, Nottingham, Perth, Pontefract, Redcar, Salisbury, Sandown Park, Stratford, Taunton, Thirsk, Warwick, Wetherby, Wincanton and York.
The list of the racecourses that are contracted to Racing TV are:
- Catterick Bridge
- Chelmsford City
- Epsom Downs
- Hamilton Park
- Haydock Park
- Kempton Park
- Market Rasen
- Sandown Park
The Channel’s name was originally “Racing UK” until January 1 2019. It was changed after the rights to broadcast 26 Irish racecourses were acquired by Racing UK to accommodate the fact that Ireland is not part of the United Kingdom.