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ITV announce Ed Chamberlin to front racing coverage

Published: Wed 08 Jun 2016

ITV announce Ed Chamberlin to front racing coverage
Ed Chamberlin will be the main presenter of ITV’s horse racing coverage, the channel has announced.
Ed will front ITV’s exclusive live free to air broadcasts of race meetings throughout the season across both ITV and ITV4, starting from January 2017.
He joins ITV from Sky Sports where he has spent much of his career, building up a wealth of experience in covering major sporting events and in recent years was the presenter of the network’s Monday Night Football show.
Ed has a lifelong passion for horse racing and prior to entering the media, worked for Ladbrokes. 
He said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be joining ITV and to be given this great opportunity. These are exciting times with ITV returning as the home of British racing from 1st January 2017.
“I had 16 years at Sky full of great memories and brilliant people. It was hard to leave but this opportunity was too good to miss.”
Ed’s appointment follows the announcement at the start of this year of ITV’s exclusive new four year deal to show UK horse racing on terrestrial television which takes effect from the start of 2017, when its free to air coverage will begin.
ITV also announced last month that ITV Sport will produce its racing coverage encompassing live broadcasts of almost 100 days of racing each year across its main ITV channel and ITV4, in addition to a magazine preview programme broadcast each Saturday morning on ITV4.
Niall Sloane, ITV Director of Sport, said: “Ed’s skill as a presenter of live sport is matched only by his love of racing, so we’re delighted to bring someone with his attributes on board as we build up to our coverage starting in the new year.”
ITV will show a minimum of 34 racing fixtures on ITV main channel and 60 on ITV4.
The deal further enhances ITV’s portfolio of world-class sports rights, which includes the Tour de France, the French Open and exclusive live coverage of the England football team’s qualification campaign for Euro 16 as well as the forthcoming World Cup 2018 qualifiers. Following the success of ITV’s exclusive Rugby World Cup coverage last year, 2016 saw ITV broadcast 6 Nations Rugby for the first time and the channel will show Euro 2016, which begins on 10 June.