Channel 4 Sport picks agency to lift racing ratings

Channel 4 Sport’s horse racing division has hired its first PR agency, The Market Racing Agency, to promote its coverage of the sport.

Channel 4 Sport’s horse racing division has hired its first PR

agency, The Market Racing Agency, to promote its coverage of the

sport.



The quality of Channel 4’s horse racing coverage helped it win exclusive

rights earlier this year to cover home test cricket matches, previously

held by the BBC.



The agency was appointed last week to the consumer account, without a

competitive pitch, to target coverage in the specialist and national

media. The contract is for a year.



Channel 4 has exclusive TV rights to all five English flat racing

classics including the Derby, which is held at Epsom in June. The

channel also has exclusive rights to the biggest national hunt racing

festival, held at Cheltenham in March.



The BBC still covers the Grand National, the Royal meeting at Ascot and

the Goodwood Festival in Sussex.



’Our brief is to make sure the viewing public are aware of what Channel

4 is showing,’ said Nick Boyd, director at The Market Racing Agency.



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