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And they're off ... STV2 to bring viewers live racing from Hamilton and Ayr

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STV2 will broadcast live Scottish racing events for the first time from Hamilton Park and Ayr Racecourses this August.
 
Racing on STV2 will be live from 1800 on Saturday 5th August at Hamilton Park Racecourse ladies night and 1800 on Saturday 12th August at Ayr Racecourse QTS ladies night.
 
The two-hour programmes will be presented from the studio by Peter Martin where he will be joined by one of Scotland’s best known racing pundits, Stuart Lovell, and racing correspondent for the Daily Record and Sunday Mail, Craig Swan. Trackside at Ayr and Hamilton will be sports presenter Jim Delahunt with STV2 presenter Zara Janjua bringing viewers all the colour and spectacle of ladies day.
 
Paul Hughes, head of programmes, STV, said: “I’m thrilled we have Scottish racing on STV2. Both these events are ladies days, so big events in the Scottish racing and social calendar. Local sport is a key feature of STV2’s schedule as we aim to reflect what is happening across Scotland.”
 
STV2 is available on Freeview channel 8, Sky channel 117 and Virgin channel 159. The channel is streamed online and available for catch-up via the STV Player.
 
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For further information, please contact the STV press office:-  
 
Eleanor Marshall
0141 300 3670
eleanor.marshall@stv.tv
 
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About STV
 
STV is Scotland’s leading digital media brand, providing consumers with quality content on air, online and on demand. 
 
STV’s broadcast channel reaches 3.5 million viewers each month with first class programming including soaps Emmerdale and Coronation Street, big drama productions, entertainment hits The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, strong home-grown productions and the most comprehensive local news service in the UK. 
 
In April, STV launched a new channel for Scotland, STV2. The channel broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week on Freeview channel 8, Sky channel 117 and Virgin channel 159 and is streamed online and available for catch-up via the STV Player. STV2 features an exciting and distinct schedule including an enhanced hourly news service, weekday magazine show Live at Five, popular Irish soap Fair City, local sport, the best of UK and international drama as well as classic movies. 
 
STV Productions is one of the UK’s leading content businesses, with ambitious plans for domestic and international growth. The company has a record of success across a range of genres including drama, factual and entertainment, producing a wide range of programmes for a variety of networks, including entertainment show Catchphrase for ITV, ratings success Antiques Road Trip for BBC One, Safeword for ITV2 and documentaries such as Dunblane: Our Story for BBC2 and The Queen Mary: Greatest Ocean Liner, a documentary for BBC Scotland, BBC Four and Smithsonian Channel. 
 
STV’s digital business incorporates Scotland’s most popular commercial media website, stv.tv, and includes an enhanced digital news app serving consumers local, national and international news as well as features, sport and weather in one place.  The STV Player offers consumers within STV’s licence areas in Scotland the opportunity to enjoy programmes live or on catch-up.
                                      
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