James Allen to lead F1 commentary on BBC Former ITV F1 employee James Allen has revealed that he will become BBC Radio 5 live's lead commentator this season, taking David Croft's old role. The 45-year-old commentated full time with ITV from the 2001 USA Grand Prix until the channel relinquished coverage of the sport to the BBC after the dramatic 2008 finale in Brazil.
''I’m delighted to announce that I am joining the BBC Radio 5 live team as F1 correspondent and lead commentator this season,'' explained Allen. ''I’m really happy about this; 5 live is the default setting on my radio at home and in the car, it’s a great institution and I’m proud to be part of it.
''Anyone who has followed my career knows I love a challenge; whether it’s taking over from Murray Walker, setting up this (his personal) website, or creating the first F1 fans forums.
''I’ve never done radio before and I’m really looking forward to adapting to a new medium. This is a time of significant change in our industry and I see great opportunity here, thanks to the unique place Radio 5 live has in this sport."
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