Monday, 26 July 2021

BBC to broadcast regatta finals

Finals day will be available via the Red Button and the BBC Sport website

Henley Royal Regatta will be broadcast live on the BBC for the first time since 1967.

Finals day next Sunday will be available via the Red Button and the BBC Sport website.

Racing is already being broadcast live each day on the regatta's YouTube channel.

Sir Steve Redgrave, who chairs the regatta's Committee of Management, said: ?This is a further step in the innovative and exciting project we have undertaken this year to take the regatta to audiences around the world as well as to UK sports fans."

He added: ?We are delighted to have teamed up this year with the BBC, the Olympic broadcaster, which also covers the Boat Races and international rowing. This is a fantastic addition to our live coverage.?

Ron Chakraborty, head of major events at BBC Sport, said: ?The BBC is delighted to be able to offer viewers coverage of this unique and world class sporting event.

"Henley Royal Regatta?s finals day is a fantastic addition to our existing rowing portfolio which includes the Boat Race, the World and European Championships, the World Cup regattas and of course the Rio Olympics next year.

"It enables us to tell a comprehensive story in one of Britain?s most successful sports.??

More than 500 crews has already been announced for this year's regatta, which will include rowers from 22 countries, including multiple World and Olympic champions as well as top school, university, club and junior crews. A record number of crews from the United States will be competing.

A number of national teams have entered, and there is the prospect of a potential showdown between the reigning World Champion men?s eight from Great Britain and the German Olympic Champions in Sunday?s finals.

More than 250 races will feature at the regatta, which YouTube will cover live on each of the regatta?s five days from July 1 to 5, as well as provide a daily highlights programme on demand.

The coverage will be produced in High Definition and streamed on the Henley Royal Regatta website and its dedicated YouTube channel.

Production will be provided by Sunset+Vine, the award-winning independent sports TV production and media company, part of The Tinopolis Group.

Coverage will be on the Red Button and BBC Sport website on July 5 from 11.15am to 1.15pm and 2.15pm to 4.15pm.

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