Murray Walker has voiced his concern about whether the return of Formula 1 to the BBC
in 2009 is a good move, suggesting ITV
'devoted a lot more time' to the sport during its recently-ended twelve-year stint than did Auntie previously.
covered F1 in Britain all the way up to 1996, with much-loved veteran commentator Walker at the helm, but the 85-year-old jumped ship when ITV
acquired the broadcasting rights in 1997, and remained on-board until he retired in 2001.
From his experience of working for both companies, he suggests the Beeb – who he claims didn't invest 'the right people and facilities' last time around – will have a hard act to follow if it is to improve on ITV's
devoted a lot more time to Formula 1 than the BBC
ever did,” Walker told The Independent
newspaper, “and they did an absolutely superb job.
“They will have a hard furrow to plough to even match the ITV
] didn't appreciate how important it was. ITV
spent a great deal on those rights and they made the most of them. They devoted a lot more time than the BBC