15 July 2012

Emirates Singapore Derby — The Media and Betting or Gambling

Channel News Asia broadcast live on national television today Emirates Singapore Derby, a horse racing event held at Singapore Turf Club.  There was a repeat broadcast several hours later.

MediaCorp (which owns Channel News Asia) described the broadcast in its programme listing as info / education.  Channel News Asia's website reported the results in its sports section.

Singapore Turf Club's website says "Think Entertainment, Think Racing".  Horse racing is fun, presumably even if a person is neither an owner nor a jockey.

Just over a month ago, Channel News Asia also broadcast live on national television Singapore Airlines International Cup, said to be the richest and most prestigious event in Singapore's horse racing calendar.  Singapore President Tony Tan presented the trophy.

No matter how some people or organisations try to portray it, isn't horse racing about betting or gambling?

MediaCorp's Gold 90.5 FM Radio broadcasts Toto results twice a week.  In this case, there aren't even any horses or greyhounds or any other animals racing.  It's simply a game of guessing six numbers out of 45 numbers to win.

Why are the media broadcasting or reporting betting or gambling results?

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