Murray Walker is making a TV comeback at the age of 92.
Murray, who quit commentating in 2005 and has only worked occasionally in the past decade will interview a series of drivers for the new Channel 4 Formula One coverage.
He said: “Somebody just said how do you feel about coming out of retirement?” and my answer is I haven’t actually been away. I have done things for the BBC.
But I am back here because to be honest I find it flattering to be asked and I am very conscious of the fact Channel 4 will be providing free to air coverage of Formula One and that is terribly important because that is where the big audiences are.
“I am going to provide special features like interviewing drivers like Jenson Button and so on”.
“Some OF those Murray moments”
“I certainty won’t be doing commentary, I am not on top of it to that detail.”
Coverage will also feature Lewis Hamilton’s brother Nicolas, although there could be some complaints as the dozen strong line up only features two women.
Steve Jones and David Coulthard are the main hosts, with the coverage being Jones’ first sports show.
Steve said: “I’m honoured and flattered that after 14 years in broadcasting in stepping into my biggest role ever”.
“It’s as big as it gets and is my main focus. It’s delicious and sexy and I have been watching F1 for years”.
“I feel confident going into it”
“I feel confident going into it and I’m being brought on board for my live TV experience”.
“Hopefully I will kick some ass and make you guys proud wherever I am in the world”.
The full line-up includes experienced drivers David Coulthard, Mark Webber, Alain Prost, Alex Zanardi, Susie Wolff, Karun Chandhok, Eddie Jordan and Bruno Senna; alongside seasoned live presenters and journalists Steve Jones, Ben Edwards and Lee McKenzie.
As part of a three-year deal from 2016-2018 with Formula One World Championship Limited, Channel 4 will broadcast live coverage of ten Grand Prix – without advertising breaks during the main races – including practice and qualifying sessions each season.
Channel 4 will broadcast extensive highlights of all 21 races, including those broadcast by Sky Sports.
Coverage will begin across the weekend of 18th-20th March with build-up and comprehensive highlights coverage of the 2016 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix weekend.
The channel’s first live race will be the 2016 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix broadcast over the weekend of 1st-3rd April.
Unveiling the new team, Channel 4’s Chief Creative Officer Jay Hunt said: “This is the dream team – we’ve brought together the very best in screen and off screen talent to make Channel 4’s coverage unmissable.”