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Racing UK to be renamed Racing TV

Horse racing channel Racing UK is to be renamed from 2019 to reflect the arrival of Irish racing.

With the arrival of horse racing coverage from all 26 Irish racecourses from 1st January 2019, Racing UK will become "Racing TV".

The channel is carried on Sky, Virgin Media UK and as a streamed channel available on compatible connected devices on Freeview channel 261. It's also available as a stream on a dedicated mobile app.

Gary O’Brien (pictured above) will spearhead the Racing TV team in Ireland, where he will be joined by Kevin O’Ryan, Kate Harrington, Ruby Walsh and Donn McClean, while new programming and extended broadcast hours, including a daily Mark Your Card preview programme, are also being introduced.

Each of the 61 UK and Irish racecourses will have its own dedicated live stream available on Racing TV Extra, part of Racing TV’s digital platform. Racing TV Extra will be available via the website, mobile and TV Apps for all members, whose membership fee will remain the same.

For viewers in the Republic of Ireland, the channel will be free-to-view during live racing on a regular basis in January. In addition, Irish residents will be able to take up a free one-month trial during January.

Richard FitzGerald, CEO of Racecourse Media Group, parent company of Racing UK, said:
“This is the start of an exciting new era for the channel. Rebranding to Racing TV reflects the even greater quality and choice available from both sides of the Irish Sea. Racing television is at the heart of what we do and the new brand also retains some of the Racing UK brand heritage, which we are very proud of."