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ITV-F1 team set to face axe in BBC switch?

Having won the rights to broadcast Formula 1 from 2009, the BBC has revealed it is to keep production of its grand prix coverage 'in-house', with two names emerging as key players for the major presenting roles.

Radio Five Live commentator David Croft is believed to have been earmarked for the lead commentating spot, according to Pitpass, with BBC stalwart Adrian Chiles set to take over Steve Rider's current position as the main presenter.

Rumours persist that BBC's hugely popular Top Gear team – comprising Jeremy Clarkson, Richard 'Hamster' Hammond and James May, as well as the infamous Stig – will play some kind of part in the shows, but there appears to be little room for any of ITV-F1's current line-up of Rider, Martin Brundle, James Allen, Mark Blundell, Louise Goodman and Ted Kravitz et al.

The confirmation that the Beeb intends taking the production of the programmes in-house also spells the end of the involvement of North One, which has produced ITV's coverage since F1 made the switch across back in 1997.



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Lamarck - Unregistered

May 20, 2008 6:35 PM

They can rid themselves of everyone apart from one man. They will be absolutely insane not to get Brundle on board. In fact, they should be bending over backwards and begging him to join. This sounds like internal politics and promoting those "in their own family" rather than establishing the best possible package. Booo.

Ian Smith - Unregistered

May 20, 2008 6:23 PM

I hope the Beeb does not make the mistake of not using Martin Brundle, the team needs input from an F1 Driver who can walk and talk at the same time, and one that will say what he thinks and not what the FIA thought police say should be said. I would say Murray & Martin would do the trick!!



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