Matthew Imi – Sky Sports activities

Internet hosting a particular press briefing at its headquarters in Osterley, Sky UK has introduced its ‘Sky Sports activities Racing’ broadcast staff in search of to ‘ship the strongest car selling the game of horseracing’.

Final Could, Sky UK  introduced that it will rebrand and revamp its At-The-Races horseracing media subsidiary, transferring to launch Sky Sports activities Racing as its eleventh devoted sports activities channel.

Making ready to launch on 1 December 2019  Sky Sports activities Racing might be led by long-term Sky media govt Matthew Imi who has been charged with broadening UK racing’s attraction to the broader sporting public.

Updating the media, Imi outlined that Sky Sports activities Racing might be backed by Sky UK’s broadcast expertise groups, creating new viewing ideas and experiences, while its racing broadcasts/content material could be additional supported by a devoted studio facility.

“Sky Sports activities Racing might be Sky’s fifth sports activities channel devoted to a single sport and might be produced at Osterley in a brand new devoted Sky studio facility. The channel will broadcast over 700 UK fixtures in full HD to roughly 14 million houses and might be obtainable to all fundamental satellite tv for pc and cable subscription packages, with no Sky Sports activities subscription required” Matthew Imi particulars.

“We imagine Sky Sports activities Racing might be a sport changer for the game with a major funding in manufacturing elevating the bar for every day protection of horseracing. Importantly, broad distribution and cross-promotion throughout Sky Sports activities’ broadcast and digital platforms will ship important publicity and viewers for these home and worldwide fixtures we might be masking. We’re trying ahead to getting began and exhibiting race followers within the coming months a number of the new programming and improvements that may complement our every day racing protection.”

On the briefing, Sky Sports activities Racing revealed Sky Information anchor Alex Hammond because the channel’s ‘lead presenter’.  Hammond might be supported former Group-1 successful Jockey Freddy Tylicki fulfilling the responsibility of lead racing analyst.

Additional contemporary faces see Josh Apiafi, the previous Head of the Skilled Jockeys Affiliation, and Timeform analyst Jamie Lynch be a part of Sky Sports activities Racing’s broadcast groups as race-day specialists.

The brand new channel will preserve At-The-Races broadcasters and pundits – Gina Bryce, Kevin Blake, Matt Chapman, Mick Fitzgerald, Luke Harvey, Hayley Moore and Jason Weaver.

Commenting on her new function, Alex Hammond stated: “I’ve beloved horses since I used to be a baby and to be returning to my roots to current racing on Sky is my dream job. I’ve been a part of the Sky household for over 15 years and know we’ll convey excellent high quality to the racing protection. I’m extremely excited in regards to the future and may’t wait to start on 1st January 2019.”

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