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BBC wins BAFTA for F1 coverage

The BBC has been awarded a BAFTA Television award for its coverage of the 2010 Abu Dhabi GP.
Although its individual presenters have been up for, and won, television awards in recent years, the British F1 programming provided by the BBC clinched its own piece of silverware over the weekend.

The broadcaster's coverage of the 2010 world championship showdown in Abu Dhabi was rewarded a BAFTA Television during the annual presentation ceremony on Sunday, although none of the current team was able to accept the award in person as they were all in Barcelona covering the Spanish Grand Prix.

The race, which pitted Fernando Alonso, Mark Webber, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton against each other in a four-way battle for the crown, was not the most scintillating on track, but the tension of the situation - which saw Vettel come from third in points to claim a first world title by leading from the front - made for unmissable viewing, and helped F1 see off opposition from the BBC's rugby and tennis output, as well as former F1 broadcaster ITV's coverage of the 2010 FA Cup Final.

"The team are delighted," Ben Gallop, the head of the BBC's F1 unit, admitted, "It was a fantastic season last year and the climax of the campaign in Abu Dhabi was amazing. We feel privileged to bring that excitement to the viewers at home.

"We tried to get the audience as close as possible to the action and this award is testament to the brilliant efforts of the on-air talent, the production team and our technical crew, who have put in an fantastic effort throughout the season."

The channel's 'faces of F1' at the finale were host Jake Humphrey, 'experts' David Coulthard and Eddie Jordan, commentator Jonathan Legard, analyst Martin Brundle and pit-lane reporters Ted Kravitz and Lee McKenzie. The line-up has since been changed, with Brundle and Coulthard taking on commentary duties, while Legard has been moved on to other sports.

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pitstop - Unregistered

May 24, 2011 11:22 AM

Well done to the whole Beeb team!!! you have the best f1 coverage in the world and you even beat the football which makes it even more sweeter,well done!!!

Taz - Unregistered

May 24, 2011 1:44 PM

They have done a good job. EJ is begining to get tiresome but overall it's a high standard of coverage and always gives a few laughs. Thinking back, ITV's coverage was nowhere near as good. Practice coverage F1 fan forum etc etc all good. Don't think news corp will do a better job after you've paid your £4.99 a month for the privilage of watching it on ESPN or something.

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