AFTER a successful 12-year association, January 1 will bring to an end the arrangement between Racing Post and SportyStuffTV, with Racing Post no longer the brand sponsor for Greyhound TV.
The free-to-view platform began as Racing Post Greyhound TV in December 2011, owned by six of the UK and Ireland’s leading bookmaker groups, with the first show on the Sky EPG going out on December 9.
SportyStuffTV’s channel and website was launched on February 1st, 2021 and the multi-sport broadcaster has covered South African and US horse racing, boxing, pool, snooker and darts as well as the daily greyhound racing show.
Sam Houlding, Chief Commercial Officer for Spotlight Sports Group [Racing Post] said: "Racing Post Greyhound TV returned live greyhound racing to homes across UK and Ireland, the platform has been a huge success for all involved through it's broadcasting of all the major competitions including the English Greyhound Derby.
"We wish SportyStuffTV the best of luck going forward and give thanks to Kevan Moretti [CEO] and his team."
Clive Lawrence, Executive Producer for SportyStuffTV said: “I would like to thank the Racing Post for their support of the GTV project over the last 12 years, the programme blossomed from the original format of three evenings to the ten shows-a-week that we now produce.
"The Racing Post team have always endeavoured to promote the racing shown and, more recently, the other sports broadcast on SportyStuffTV.
"The biggest challenge now facing the GTV presentation team is not to say 'RPGTV' as the programme has become colloquially known!"
Mahalia, trained by Jeanette McNicholas, was the first winner on RPGTV when landing a Sunderland handicap on December 9, 2011.
That Sunderland graded meeting ran alongside an all-open 13-race card from Romford featuring Essex Vase semis won by Westmead Maldini, the eventual champion, Hugo You Go and Aero Majestic.
There have been many schedule changes over the years with Kinsley and Valley the only GBGB tracks currently operational not to have been shown. Closed venues Belle Vue, Coventry, Peterborough, Poole, Shawfield and Wimbledon all featured.