Former Jordan, Stewart and Jaguar technical guru Gary Anderson is to join the BBC this year as a technical analyst, it has been announced.

It was also confirmed today by the BBC that James Allen will be the lead commentator for Radio 5 Live, something that was reported on last week [see separate story - click here]. Allen will be supported by Jennie Gow, who takes up the position of Radio 5 Live pit lane reporter.

Meanwhile, as already known, Jake Humphrey continues as the presenter, alongside expert pundits Eddie Jordan and David Coulthard, the latter now joined in the commentary box by Ben Edwards.

"We're delighted to welcome Ben, James, Gary and Jennie to the BBC presentation team," said Ben Gallop, the BBC's head of F1.

"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."

Edwards, who revealed he would replace the Sky Sports bound Martin Brundle in mid-December [see separate story - click here], added: "I'm thrilled to be joining the BBC F1 team. 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.

"The prospects for the 2012 season are tremendous, with Lewis Hamilton out for revenge, Ferrari determined to give Fernando Alonso a car worthy of him and Sebastian Vettel attempting to become only the third driver in history to score a hat-trick of titles."

The BBC will screen ten races live in the UK this year, as part of the share deal with Sky.

The first live event on the BBC will be the Chinese Grand Prix on April 15, the third round on the F1 2012 schedule. The other ten events will be covered by a 'extended highlights programme' of either 90-minutes or two-hour duration depending on the location of the race. Radio 5 Live will cover every single grand prix live.



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