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of well publicised challenges to the indus- try, but AMRAC continues to trade well and in line with our expectations.”


No increases planned yet


Saturdays and its midweek incarnation Soccer Special with Ed Chamberlain on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.


Timeweave profits announced


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ise to Italy after signing a deal with a major operator in the country - be coming to an Italian bookie soon.


history of innovation and our new Inter- national SISfacts2 channel cements our relationship with leading gaming companies and bookmakers alike, and further extends our service offering.” Yiannis Gangas, director of In-


tralot’s racing division, said: “Being a leading licensed operator and tech- nology provider, we understand the importance of live and exciting gam- ing content in providing an entertain- ing betting experience to players. We strongly believe that our collaboration with SIS marks an exciting new period for our gaming operations and offers a top quality service to our customers.” The deal has a potential uplift for the greyhound industry as well as the SIS-


facts2 channel will be covering BAGS racing as well as virtual horseracing and virtual dogs. This range of content was chosen as they all have a clear percentage for the bookmaker. How- ever, British horseracing has been omitted because of complications with international rights and betting formats.


Since the deal was announced, SIS


has garnered interest in the channel from bookmakers in other jurisdic- tions looking to add to their in-shop content. SIS has even suggested that a surge in international orders could eventually take some of the price pres- sure off fees in the domestic UK and Ireland markets.


imeweave, the 50 per cent share- holder in Turf TV owner AMRAC, has revealed a £4.45m operating profit on revenues of £13.88m for the six months until 31 May, marking increases of 14 and 10 per cent respectively. The firm’s profit from continuing operations after exceptional items was £3.06m, with the company spending the best part of £550,000 ter- minating chief executive Alan Morcombe’s contract earlier this year.


Chairman Peter Bertram said the firm would distribute the majority of operating profits to shareholders in the future: “There exist a number


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urf TVmanaging director Adrian Ford has reassured bookmakers that the broadcaster has made no decision over whether to raise the costs of its subscrip- tion amid reports that the channel has been advised to adopt a ‘discriminatory pricing model’ which could see costs rise between 200 and 400 per cent.


Speaking at a meeting for independent book- makers last month, Ford explained: “We are only 7 months into our calendar year, so we have yet to review our pricing. However, don’t assume we will follow the SIS route of passing costs onto the cus- tomers. There are other busi- ness mod- els out there.”


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Paddy Power said that while most of its increase in retail profit was from new shop openings, a strong end to the period from the introduction of new Storm machines also helped. In the UK the bookmaker has seen 424 machines installed at 30 June, an almost fourfold increase in the previous year. The average gross win per machine per week including VAT was £992, reflect- ing Power’s mainly London estate, which is an increase of 17 per cent compared to the first six months of 2009.


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ky Sports Newsis now only available to subscribers after the broadcaster took the channel off Freeview, but there is an op- tion for the technically minded but frugal bookmaker who doesn’t mind mixing audio streams within the betting shop. Sky has launched Sky Sports News Radio through its website skysports.com and also via free iPhone and iPad apps and the radio station will broadcast the latest sports news 24/7. The popular Soccer Saturday will be broadcast between 3pm-6pm on


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