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New role for Eddie Jordan as BBC F1 coverage goes HD

Left to right: Eddie Jordan, Jake Humphrey and David Coulthard
Jordan (left) will have a more central role this season

The BBC will broadcast Formula 1 in high definition for the first time this coming season.

The move comes after F1 commercial body FOM confirmed that all broadcasters will be supplied with a high-definition feed for the first time.

David Coulthard's move to the commentary box alongside Martin Brundle sees Eddie Jordan become main analyst.

Jake Humphrey will continue to present with Ted Kravitz and Lee McKenzie reporting from the pit lane.

BBC head of F1 Ben Gallop said: "It's fantastic that Eddie is rejoining the team, and this year in a more expanded role.

JAKE HUMPHREY BLOG
Finally, we are delighted to bring you F1 in high definition, which I think will make the sport even more dramatic and addictive than ever

"He's such a core character with his outspoken views, unrivalled contacts in the sport and his ability to unearth the stories from the paddock.

"We're also delighted to be broadcasting in HD, something we know fans have been waiting for and it will really add something extra to our coverage for 2011."

Jordan added: "It's been a great two years so far and I'm really looking forward to getting back on the circuit; the 2011 season looks like it has plenty in store for us all.

"The new set-up will give me even more opportunity to get to the heart of the issues in F1 and tell the real stories to the viewers."

It was announced on Tuesday that Brundle was taking over from Jonathan Legard as main commentator, with Coulthard becoming co-commentator.

Coulthard will continue as a pundit alongside Jordan, but will head up to the commentary box in time for the start of the race , at which point Jordan will be the BBC's analyst in the paddock.

F1 is the latest sport to be broadcast in HD on the BBC, following Wimbledon, all live golf, the Grand National and the Six Nations.



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