The F1 Show has just gone to air, however, the big news off-screen is that The F1 Broadcasting Blog can tonight confirm that Georgie Thompson has left the Sky Sports F1 team.
The website has removed mentions of her being the host of The F1 Show as well as her profile from their sub-site. I should note that this has not been officially confirmed by Sky themselves. Thompson’s Twitter profile still contains mention her being the Sky Sports F1 presenter, but her last tweet was on January 30th. At the end of last season on the day of the final F1 Show of 2012, Thompson tweeted: “So tonight is mine and Ted Kravitz’s final F1 show!” I took issue to the wording about what exactly ‘final’ meant. It appears we now have the answer.
If Thompson has left Sky Sports then it ends her 12 year career with the broadcaster. In the past decade, Thompson has been best known for her role on the Sky Sports News channel, which she left at the end of 2011 to join the Sky Sports F1 channel. Aside from presenting the sports news, Thompson was also a presenter on the regular Sky Sports channels, motor sport fans may remember her presenting the now defunct A1 Grand Prix series. One would speculate that if she has left Sky, then her destination may well be BT Sport, but that is speculation on my behalf as I do not see any other logical broadcasting move for her at the moment.
Going forward, Natalie Pinkham will replace Thompson as presenter of the magazine programme The F1 Show. I will update this blog post as soon as this is officially confirmed (or denied).
Thanks to Ashley James on Twitter for the tip.