Tom Clarkson has been added to the BBC’s Formula 1 television team, it has been confirmed today. Clarkson will be a part of the team for the entire season as their pit-lane reporter, working alongside Lee McKenzie and Gary Anderson.
Clarkson was first a member of the BBC team at last year’s Canadian Grand Prix. As the linked article mentions, Clarkson’s credentials include working on TEN Sport’s coverage of Formula 1. Commenting on the announcement at BBC’s press launch today, Ben Gallop, Head of Formula 1 for BBC, said “Everyone on the BBC team is hugely excited about the new season. Last year saw us rise to the challenge of bringing the action to fans through the mix of live television and highlights, delivering great programmes which were reflected in impressive audience figures. 2013 sees new faces, practice on BBC Two and HD on live race weekends and a greater sharing of talent across BBC television, radio and online. With Suzi Perry at the helm, we’re aiming to bring even more content, insight and access to audiences throughout the season.”
For me, adding Clarkson adds significant depth to the BBC’s line-up, with now three reporters roaming the pit-lane. I enjoyed Clarkson’s work with them last year, and hope to see that continue this season.