Racecourse Media Group & Turf TV Deliver £46m in Media Rights Revenues to Racecourses

April 19, 2013

Racecourse Media Group (RMG) has announced that record license fees of £46m for 2012 had been delivered to their racecourse shareholders.

RMG manages media rights for 33 racecourses in the UK and is the umbrella organisation for the courses, which hold an interest in Racing UK TV (Sky 432/Virgin 536), Turf TV (betting shop service JV with Timeweave) and GBI Racing (international betting shop service JV with At The Races).

The licence fees are generated via revenues from AMRAC (the betting shop service provider known as Turf TV), Racing UK TV (pay TV service), Internet (Bet 2 view streams), GBI Racing (international TV betting and pictures service), Terrestrial TV (Channel 4 agreement), International (Non-betting TV sales overseas).

Simon Ellen, RMG Chairman, said: “We are pleased to report that RMG and its associated businesses have continued to make important progress in 2012.

“Further financial headway is demonstrated by another increase in the licence fees to £46million (from £44.2m in 2011), which includes an excellent contribution of £31.5m from Turf TV.

“The agreement of both important long-term contracts regarding additional UK racing content and the onward sale of that content to major LBO partners on a long-term basis are the real achievements of 2012.”

Richard FitzGerald, RMG CEO, said: “RMG was created by racing for racing and has expanded from a TV subscription channel to a multi-faceted global business and industry leader, which has the sport’s long-term future very much at its heart.

“Racecourse-owned RMG distributes 100% of profits to support Racing. RMG’s role in protecting and commercialising the media rights of the sport is essential to racecourses’ operation and prize-money.”