ITV reveal 40 days of racing will be broadcast as part of new deal
ITV has confirmed that 40 days of racing will be shown on its main channel next year, following the announcement that Matt Chapman is to join the new ITV racing team, together with Ed Chamberlin and Francesca Cumani.
The commercial broadcaster, which takes over from Channel 4 as the sport's exclusive terrestrial partner from New Year's Day, had already committed to showing a minimum of 34 days on its main channel.
Coverage will begin on the main ITV channel with the January 1 meeting at Cheltenham.
The 40 days will encompass the Grand National, 2000 and 1000 Guineas, Derby, Oaks and St Leger, plus all the major festivals including Cheltenham and Royal Ascot.
In addition, ITV4's racing coverage will see a reintroduction of free-to-air broadcasts of the Craven meeting at Newmarket in April.
ITV's overall racing coverage, produced by ITV Sport, will encompass live broadcasts of almost 100 days of racing each year, in addition to a magazine preview programme broadcast each Saturday morning on ITV4.
ITV will not broadcast any racing on its main channel between Cheltenham on New Year's Day and the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival, almost two-and-a-half months later, signalling the start of the four-day showpiece ahead of Aintree three weeks later.