Saturday, 31 July 2021

Regatta won’t be put on TV, says chairman

THE chairman of Henley Royal Regatta says there are no plans to show the event live on television.

Mike Sweeney was responding to a suggestion by BBC sports presenter John Inverdale that the annual five-day event should change its dates to fit in with TV schedules.

The regatta’s finals day usually clashes with the men’s final at Wimbledon, although the All England Club has announced that next year’s championships will take place a week later than normal.

Inverdale told BBC Radio Berkshire on Tuesday: “It [the regatta] is an established and fantastic landmark in the sporting calendar every year.

“I am very aware of the television negotiations that are going on and they are not with the BBC.

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