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.