June 22, 2016
BT Sport UK secures rights to broadcast Henley Royal Regatta live for the first time this year as the event capitalises upon the success of the 2015 broadcast project which featured live footage available on YouTube.This year, live coverage of racing will begin on BT Sport at 1300 BST on Wednesday 29th June, Thursday 30th and Friday 1st July, with the full day’s racing shown live on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd of July. Coverage of the event on BT Sport will be a valuable update to the Regatta’s YouTube coverage, which streams the whole event live around the world.
The addition of BT Sport is a huge step forward for the Regatta and will bring the high calibre racing to more screens across the UK. Sir Steve Redgrave, Chairman of Henley Royal Regatta, said:“It’s a fantastic opportunity for us to continue to widen our reach and improve the coverage of the best-known regatta in the world.”
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for us to continue to widen our reach and improve the coverage of the best-known regatta in the world.”
In 2016, the Regatta has received a record high 629 entrants, with crews entered from Singapore, China, New Zealand, Canada and the USA amongst others. The Dutch Olympic men’s squad has also sent a contingent to Henley, including their men’s eight who were winners of the World Cup Regatta in Lucerne earlier this month.
The production will contain broadcasting innovations such as drone footage to cover parts of the racing, and will be presented by BT Sport’s own James Hopkins and Rob Levi, along with guest presenters Michael Cole and Jonathan Edwards, who is a former British triple jumper, from World Feed. This team will be led by experienced anchor, Mark Durden-Smith, whose personality will provide a light touch to the presenting.
By Theo Alfille
Photography by Bennedict Tufnell