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Craig Porter 30th Mar 2009 - 12:16

Sign the petition to save our horse racing

The BBC plans to reduce the amount of live horse racing shown on its television channels by half for 2010 and we're backing the campaign to stop the cuts.

A decade ago the BBC broadcast 79 days of horse racing in a year, this year it's showing 27 and plans to televise just 14 days of racing next year.

Sign the petition to urge the Prime Minister to ask the BBC to retain its current levels of horseracing coverage, as befits a public service broadcaster, and to reinstate the 15 days that it currently proposes to scrap from 2010.

Since we started promoting the petition at the start of March, the number of signatures has more than doubled from 3,500 to over 8,500. But we want even more people to join the fight - click here to add a post to your Facebook page

If you haven't signed up yet then click the link to do so.

William Hill's Chief Executive, Ralph Topping, is in agreement with many of our bookmaking competitors and feels that these cuts are "a potential disaster for horse racing".

"It is up to all of us to support it to see how we can mobilise our customers. The more I think about it, the more we have to pledge our support.

"I'm happy to lend our support and have previously written to the BBC. Hills will work with the Association of British Bookmakers to help apply whatever pressure we can to get this reviewed.

"It is a potential disaster for horse racing. Digital channels simply do not have anything remotely like the same impact on the general population."

Show your support - click here to sign the petition

While we welcome all your comments and enjoy the (albeit one-sided) debate going on below, what we really need is for everyone to sign the petition.

Click the link above to sign the official petition at the website of the Office of the Prime Minister.


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