28 November 2016
Oli Bell appointed by ITV as Horse Racing presenter
We are delighted to announce that our very own Oli Bell has been appointed as one of the new faces of ITV’s horse racing line up.
A range of key presenters have been announced alongside Oli (as well as our own Ed Chamberlin) including Frankie Dettori (contributor), Victoria Pendleton, Alice Plunkett, Rishi Persad and Sally-Ann Grassick in time for ITV’s broadcasting debut of Horse Racing on New Year’s Day.
ITV took over from Channel 4 as the home of horse racing in a £30million exclusive 4-year deal to begin in 2017.
Richard Hoiles said: “It is a fantastic opportunity to be part of the ITV team and have the privilege of calling the superb array of big races we will be covering next year. Racing is a unique sport that offers beauty and drama in abundance and hopefully we can really bring that to life for the viewers whether they be ardent fans or new to the sport.”
Oli Bell commented: “I am hugely excited about this opportunity and am really looking forward to fronting the Saturday morning magazine show. I am hugely passionate about the sport and will look forward to the afternoon’s action every bit as much as the viewers at home and I hope to share that enthusiasm with them. I can’t wait to kick on now and work closely with the excellent team that ITV have assembled both on screen and behind the camera.”
Mick Fitzgerald who is also part of ITV’s new line-up said: “I’ve spent most of my life in racing, so I’m relishing the prospect of being part of ITV’s coverage from next year and sharing with viewers the unrivalled excitement and entertainment this sport offers.”
Niall Sloane, ITV Director of Sport, said “We believe this line-up, which draws on a range of people from within racing and beyond, will enrich our coverage with the quality, expertise, insight and personality to bring home to viewers the full enjoyment and appreciation of this wonderful sport.”
Our own Ed Chamberlin added: “I’m delighted with the team ITV have put together and really look forward to working with them. That line-up, coupled with ITV’s expertise at making sports programmes, is a really exciting prospect. I can’t wait to get started at Cheltenham on January 1st.”
ITV’s racing coverage will include live broadcasts of almost 100 days of racing each year. Congratulations again Oli. We are looking forward to watching you and Ed on our screens throughout the season in 2017.