Australia’s F1 broadcaster, Network Ten, is keeping its decision of which commentary broadcast feed it will use this year – either the BBC’s or Sky F1’s – strictly under wraps, with only a week to go until the season-opening Australian Grand Prix race weekend.
Word on the street is that the broadcaster will take Sky’s feed, which will be fronted by David Croft and Martin Brundle. The BBC broadcast will be headed up by Ben Edwards and David Coulthard.
“We still don’t have a decision in regards to what commentary we will be taking,” Ten’s head of sports publicity, Catherine Donovan, confirmed.
“We should know very soon though.”
But the broadcaster has secured a major F1 first, with the network securing access to have non-F1 shows broadcast from inside the Grand Prix paddock alongside their main motorsport broadcasts, headed up by veteran motorsport journalist Greg Rust.
Daily magazine and panel shows such as The Circle and The Project will be allowed to broadcast live from within the paddock, along with the Sydney and Melbourne evening news broadcasts. It is widely expected that members of the F1 fraternity will feature as special guests on these shows.
“For the first time in FOM history, we have had approval to set up two sets in the Qantas Paddock Club,” Donovan told SpeedCafe.
“This will be a massive feat and we are really excited about the coverage this year.”
Network Ten has again committed to providing extensive coverage for next weekend’s event. Friday’s action will be broadcast on Ten’s high-definition sister channel, One, while Saturday and Sunday’s broadcasts will be simulcast on both One and Ten.
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