No James Allen for BBC?

BBC’s Top Gear couldn’t resist a dig at unpopular ITV F1 commentator James Allen as it relaunched its website today:

Top Gear promotes its F1 site as \'the antidote to James Allen\'

Top Gear promotes its F1 site as 'the antidote to James Allen'

It’s another indication the BBC will not be carrying over Allen as commentator next year. When ITV took F1 coverage from BBC in 1997 it kept Murray Walker on board until he retired in 2001. Allen took over after Walker alongside Martin Brundle.

There were claims last week that the BBC had picked Jonathan Legard as its commentator for 2009 and will be partnered by Brundle. The rest of the team will feature David Coulthard, Jake Humphrey and Lee McKenzie.

More on the BBC’s 2009 F1 coverage: How will BBC TV cover F1 in 2009?

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19 comments on No James Allen for BBC?

  1. Monji J said on 3rd November 2008, 17:56

    hey so sad without james allen and kravitz hope it will be fine ………i liked they he was screamin at the start ………..

  2. i personally loved the itv coverage. gutted that the bbc wont be taking on the commentry team :(

  3. Ashworth said on 30th March 2009, 1:42

    James Allen was awkward, but had a boyish enthusiasm when he took over from the legendary Murray Walker. He subsequently grew in stature and authority, in my view, and was a worthy successor. I was disappointed to not hear his commentary during today’s race, and quickly became irritated by Legard’s insipid delivery. How on earth did he get the job? At least Brundle has passion, which was entirely lacking from the newcomer. A good race, however, even more entertaining than you know who’s wig!

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