BBC Sport confirms Formula One line up

BBC Sport confirms Formula One line up
Updated on Thursday 12 January 2012 by @TVNewsroom

BBC Sport today confirmed the line up for their 2012 Formula One coverage.

[[Jake Humphrey]] remains as presenter, alongside chief analyst [[Eddie Jordan]] and co-commentator [[David Coulthard]] will be joined by Ben Edwards in the commentary box.

Experienced F1 car designer Gary Anderson will join BBC F1 as a technical analyst, while [[Lee McKenzie]] remains as pit-lane reporter.

Former ITV F1 commentator, James Allen becomes Radio 5 live commentator, joined by Jennie Gow as radio pit-lane reporter.

Ben Edwards has a wealth of motorsport commentary experience, having commentated on F1 for Eurosport and the former F1 Digital channel. He also commentated for Sky on A1 Grand Prix, for Eurosport and ESPN on the US-based Champ Car series (IndyCars).

“I’m thrilled to be joining the BBC F1 team,” said Edwards..

“It’s a dream come true to be broadcasting from grands prix all over the world with such a prestigious broadcaster and such a talented group of people.”

“My first stint as commentator coincided with David Coulthard’s first season in F1 as a driver, so I am relishing the opportunity to work with him now in conveying the drama, excitement and passion that is wrapped up in each and every event.”

Gary Anderson had a 13-year career as an F1 technical director, starting with Jordan in 1991 before moving to the Stewart and Jaguar teams, plus a second spell with Jordan.

He started his career in the 1970s, graduating to become Brabham’s chief mechanic, before moving on to McLaren and then designing cars in other areas of motorsport before joining Jordan for their debut F1 season in 1991.

Since leaving motorsport engineering, he has gained experience in broadcasting, working for Ireland’s RTE television station, as well as F1 journalism.

James Allen was ITV’s lead commentator following Murray Walker’s retirement at the end of 2001 until the BBC returned as F1 broadcaster in 2009.

Allen said: “I’m really happy. Radio 5 live is the default setting on my radio at home and in the car. It’s a great institution and I’m proud to be part of it.

“Anyone who has followed my career knows I love a challenge. This is a time of change in our industry and I see great opportunity here, thanks to the unique place Radio 5 live has in this sport.”

Jennie Gow has previously worked in F1 for BBC Radio 5 live, as well as in MotoGP for BBC Sport.

Ben Gallop, the BBC’s head of F1, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Ben, James, Gary and Jennie to the BBC presentation team. They bring with them a wealth of experience and knowledge as well as huge passion for the sport that will help bring the season to life for our audiences on TV, radio and online.”

The BBC will show ten races live on BBC One in 2012, including the British, Monaco and Brazilian grands prix.

The other seven will be: China, Spain, Europe, Belgium, Singapore, Korea, and Abu Dhabi.

There will be extended highlights programmes on BBC One of the other 10, of either 90-minute or two-hour duration depending on the location of the race.

Races in the Far Eastern time zone will have highlights broadcast on BBC One at 2pm, with those in the European time zone getting 90 minutes at 5.30pm.

There will be full live coverage of both qualifying and race on BBC One, BBC One HD and the BBC Sport website, plus a one-hour evening highlights programme on BBC Three and BBC HD.

For these live BBC races, all three practice sessions will be shown live on the red button and the website.

The F1 Forum will continue on the red button for about an hour of comment and analysis after the programme. It will also be available on the red button and the website after the non-live races.

The presentation team will be at all the races, including those that are not being broadcast live on BBC television.

All 20 grands prix will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 5 live or 5 live sports extra.

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