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Murray Walker heads to Five Live
Murray Walker
Murray Walker began commentating on Formula One in 1949
Veteran Formula One commentator Murray Walker is to resume his career as part of BBC Radio Five Live's team.

The 82-year-old, who commentated on his last race for ITV five years ago, will contribute interviews and special features to this season's racing.

Walker will make his station debut on Friday with a team-by-team preview for a new slot, Five Live Formula One.

The broadcaster will also make its motor racing show The Chequered Flag available as a podcast.

For the first time, Five Live will provide commentary on practice sessions as well as qualifying from each circuit.


Other new faces to join the motor racing team include Holly Samos, who was Chris Evans's sidekick when he presented the breakfast show on BBC Radio 1, while Five Live presenter David Croft will host coverage.

Samos will report from the pit lane and paddock at each Grand Prix.

For the first time, Formula One coverage on BBC Five Live is being provided by an independent production company, USP-Group.

Walker, who began his commentating career in 1949, became famous for making memorable slip-ups during his time trackside, such as "with half the race gone, there is still half the race to go".

He worked for the BBC until 1996 when the corporation lost the rights to cover Formula One to ITV.

Walker was retained by ITV and commentated until his retirement in 2001.

This year's coverage of the Grand Prix season begins in Bahrain on 12 March.

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