Channel 4 firm up F1 broadcast team
Susie Wolff joins C4, alongside Coulthard and Edwards, at F1’s new terrestrial UK TV home
Ben Edwards is to remain as Britain’s terrestrial television Formula 1 commentator and will be joined by Susie Wolff as a co-host
Edwards, who joined the BBC’S coverage team in 2012 after the corporation split the rights with Sky, has now signed to move to Channel 4, although no official announcement had been made as F1 Racing went to press.
He will continue his widely praised partnership in the commentary box with David Coulthard, whose Whisper Films company won the contract to produce the coverage. However, BBC F1 presenter Suzi Perry will not be involved.
Perry’s replacement is tipped to be Steve Jones, who has worked on Channel 4’s youth shows T4 and The X Factor USA and is a favourite of Jay Hunt, Channel 4’s chief creative officer. Susie Wolff will co-host the F1 broadcasts.
Channel 4, who are promising innovation, look set to employ many of the same people who produced the award-winning BBC coverage.
Recently retired Williams test driver Susie Wolff will co-host Channel 4’s Formula 1 coverage Former BBC F1 editor Mark Wilkin has been confirmed in the same role, and former BBC F1 producer Sunil Patel will be executive producer for F1 on Channel 4.
The channel were in talks with Eddie Jordan, but his decision to sign up to the BBC’S revamped Top Gear may stop him working for C4: the channel have already insisted Coulthard could not do both.
Pitlane reporter Lee Mckenzie is expected to remain part of the team, while ex-f1 driver Karun Chandhok is tipped to fill the second reporter’s role. Tom Clarkson will stay with the BBC to work on Radio 5 Live and it is understood that Jack Nicholls will now anchor the radio station’s coverage full-time.
Behind the scenes, Steve Aldous, who worked for both ITV and BBC as assistant editor, is staying on, as is director Richard Carr, while Channel 4’s new head of F1, Stephen Lyle, is also a former BBC director.
Channel 4 will also retain the team of technicians who worked behind the scenes for the BBC and, before that, ITV.