Media coverage will be limited for World Equestrian Games

  • Fans hoping to get up-to-date reports on the World Equestrian Games (WEG) from their newspapers, radio and TV could be disappointed.

    None of the national papers are sending reporters to Kentucky and TV and radio coverage looks set to be limited.

    In 2006 The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian sent staff to Aachen. But this year they will be relying on reporters in the UK to put together their coverage.

    “With WEG being in the US, timings are difficult,” a member of theTelegraph sports desk told H&H.

    “If the results come out after we’ve gone to press, it’s old news by the following edition.”

    To watch televised action, WEG followers will have to pay €9.99 (£8.35) for a month’s subscription to FEI TV (www.feitv.org), which promises to “air as soon as possible” after the action, as well as showing some live coverage online.

    The BBC is providing a red button service with two days of dressage, cross-country and showjumping. The eventing highlights will also be shown on BBC2 on Monday, 4 October.

    British Eurosport will show the dressage, but Sky Sports will not be covering the event.

    Horse Radio Network (www.horseradionetwork.com), will be covering the three main disciplines but Radio 5 Live has no plans to report the event.

    This article was first published in Horse & Hound (23 September, ’10)

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