5 Live plan full Festival coverage

  • Last Updated: February 18 2013, 13:04 GMT

BBC Radio 5 Live have signalled their continued commitment to racing by announcing they are to broadcast all 27 races at the Cheltenham Festival.

All races at the Festival will be covered on 5 Live

Jump racing's premier Festival will be the first big meeting the station will cover after agreeing a new four-year contract with the Racecourse Media Group.

Joining 5 Live's team this year are former Channel 4 presenter Derek Thompson and weighing-room veteran Andrew Thornton, who won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1998 on Cool Dawn.

Jonathan Wall, acting controller for BBC Radio 5 Live and 5 Live Sports Extra, said: "We are delighted to have renewed our contract with Racecourse Media Group, which further demonstrates our commitment to racing."

Richard FitzGerald, Racecourse Media Group chief executive, said: "The BBC has been an outstanding partner in promoting British racing over the years and the sport looks forward to continuing this valued relationship, via the BBC's radio, online and TV news coverage."

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