Lee McKenzie and David Coulthard will remain with the BBC next year

In the wake of Martin Brundle confirming his defection to SKY Sports next year, the BBC has revealed part of its 2012 broadcast line-up by announcing that it will retain the services of David Coulthard and Lee McKenzie as it scales back its F1 broadcast commitment.

At minimum, Coulthard will continue as a pundit, although it is yet to be decided if he will continue his role as the channel’s ‘colour commentator’ alongside a yet-to-be-announced lead commentator.

McKenzie, who joined the group when the BBC took back the F1 broadcast rights in 2009, will remain as a pit-lane reporter.

“We will be announcing the rest of our on-air team in the coming weeks,” Ben Gallop, Head of F1 at the BBC, has said.

SKY will broadcast all races live on its new dedicated pay-TV SKY Sports F1 HD channel, while the BBC will also cover all races, although it will only show ten as live broadcasts, while the remainder will be as delayed highlights packages.

Click here to read our exclusive interview with Lee McKenzie from earlier this year.

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