ITV Racing gets BAFTA plaudits for Grand National coverage

At Sunday evening’s BAFTA awards, ITV Racing was rewarded for its coverage of last year’s Grand National.

ITV saw off tough competition from the BBC for its coverage of the Six Nations, as well as Sky Sports for the Anthony Joshua bout with Wladimir Klitschko and Channel 4, for its production of the women’s European Championship semi-final between England and Holland.

As reported by the Racing Post after ITV received the nomination, presenter Ed Chamberlin paid tribute to the ITV Racing team: “I’m very lucky in that I am surrounded by so many brilliant people at ITV Racing, particularly those behind the scenes.

“I’d like to congratulate the people who have made this nomination possible, headed by Paul McNamara, one of sport’s top directors who has already won a Bafta.

“He’s coming back from the World Cup in Russia to direct Royal Ascot in June, which says a lot for racing. Richard Willoughby, Paul Cooper, Tim Williams and Rachael Jackson are other key members of the team who deserve a mention.”

He added: “I was pleased with how things went last year, but there’s always room for improvement and that’s what I’m focusing on now.”

Furthermore, viewing figures for this year’s event peaked higher than the previous year’s race, with 8.5 million people tuning in for the showpiece race, up from the 8.2 million in 2017.

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