Thursday, 23 September 2021

Regatta coverage gets Olympic voice

PRESENTERS for this year's broadcast coverage of Henley Royal Regatta have been announced.

PRESENTERS for this year's broadcast coverage of Henley Royal Regatta have been announced.

Olympic medalists Sir Matthew Pinsent and Sarah Winckless will be managing the team which includes a quintet of lead commentators.

They will be covering more than 250 races as they are streamed live online in high definition via the regatta's YouTube channel from July 1 to 5.

It will be the first time the annual five-day event has been televised since 1968. There will be 10 cameras in operation along the 2,112-metre course.

Peter Drury, of ITV football and Boat Race commentary renown, and Garry Herbert, Olympic gold medalist and lead BBC Sport rowing commentator since 1998, are part of the team, as is Henley Standard sports columnist Tim Dellor.

Many of the regatta's Stewards will also play their part as co-commentators.

They include Olympians Greg and Jonny Searle, Katherine Grainger, Mark Hunter, Tom James, Cath Bishop, Annie Vernon, Alex Partridge, Guin Batten and Alison Mowbray.

The line-up also includes experienced commentators from Regatta Radio, which will not be airing this year, as well as Camilla Hammond who has experience commentating at Henley Women?s Regatta and the British University Championships.

Sunset + Vine are providing production services to the regatta, which will include live coverage of every race across the event with daily highlights packages, a video on demand service and content provided to broadcasters globally.

Sir Steve Redgrave, chairman of the regatta, said: ?We?ve worked hard to put a commentary team together to reflect the full range of Henley?s events. A high quality field whether you are in the open, university, club or junior events.?

The Regatta, which features events for emerging, young rowers as well as established Olympic and world medalists, was last broadcast live in 1968 by the BBC, and highlights of the Regatta were last shown on television by ITV in 1976. The committee of management of the regatta has been encouraged to re-introduce live coverage in 2015 as a result of advances in production and streaming technology and strong growth in the appeal of the sport globally has created a wider audience for the regatta.

Sir Steve said: ?This is a very exciting project in my first year as chairman. I picked up the baton from my predecessor Mike Sweeney who initiated the project, which is now being led by fellow regatta stewards, Neil Chugani and Sir Matthew Pinsent.?

?We have a small team that is now working hard with Sunset + Vine to produce a quality product which will bring the passion and excitement of Henley to a new audience?.

Jeff Foulser, chairman of Sunset+Vine, said: ?We are delighted to have teamed up with Henley Royal Regatta to produce live broadcast coverage of this fantastic sporting event for the first time since 1968. There are not many opportunities to work with such an established, prestigious and well-known sporting event, which still offers a relatively blank canvas in broadcasting terms.

"This is hugely exciting, and we look forward to producing creative and innovative coverage of the events that can help bring the uniquely special experience of racing and spectating at the Regatta to a much wider audience around the world.?

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