Production and distribution contract for the Bahrain horse racing 2021-22 season

Timeline Television and Racecourse Media Group (RMG) have been awarded international production and distribution contracts for the Bahrain horseracing 2021-22 season at Sakhir Racecourse, following a competitive tender process.

Timeline, a major provider of outside broadcast, post-production, and studio-based services to all major UK networks, will provide broadcast facilities and crew to provide world-class race coverage for 10 fixtures, primarily for simulcast operators.

RMG, owned by 34 racecourse shareholders and responsible for a range of horse racing media rights businesses, will be producing a one-hour world feed programme for international broadcasters for the three feature races, the Bahrain International Trophy today (November 19) and the first and final races of the Bahrain Turf Club series on December 10 and February 18.

The undoubted highlight of the Bahrain racing season is the £500,000 Bahrain International Trophy, which has attracted a top-quality field of horses, hailing from as many as six different countries. RMG has secured widespread global coverage of the race, which will be available to view in 130 countries via broadcasters such as Fox Sports in the US, ESPN in Latin America and Caribbean, and SuperSport in Africa.

Timeline and RMG will also be tapping into the local production expertise of Bahrain TV, while on-screen graphics will be provided by MOOV. Timeline is providing a bespoke OB facility to provide an onsite broadcast operation centre.

Racecourse Media Group and Timeline have a long-established relationship. Both companies are now in their seventh season of producing and distributing the horseracing for the Dubai Racing Club, which stages the most valuable festival in the world, the $40m Dubai World Cup Carnival, and will apply similar world-class treatment to the horseracing output in Bahrain. Timeline Television has also built and run the playout facilities for Racecourse Media Group’s TV channel, Racing TV, in Ealing Studios, West London since 2012.