Walker questions BBC’s F1 return

Mon, 17 November 2008, 11:56

Nov.17 (GMM) Despite headlining the British broadcaster’s coverage for years, retired commentator Murray Walker is unsure formula one’s return to the BBC is the right move

Walker, 85, called races for the BBC until 1996, when he – and the British television broadcast rights – switched to the independent channel ITV

From 2009, however, F1 is returning to the public broadcaster — a move Murray Walker, who retired in 2001, openly questions

“ITV devoted a lot more time to formula one than the BBC ever did and they did an absolutely superb job,” he told The Independent newspaper

“They will have a hard furrow to plough to even match the ITV coverage,” Walker added

He suggested that the BBC did not commit “the right people and facilities” to their last F1 foray

“They 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 ever did.”n

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