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David Coulthard indie to produce C4's Formula 1 coverage

David Coulthard indie to produce C4's Formula 1 coverage
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Staff Reporter
11 January 2016

Channel 4 has awarded the production contract for its coverage of Formula One to Whisper Films.

C4 invested in Whisper Films, part-owned by the presenter Jake Humphrey and former Formula 1 driver David Coulthard, last year via its Indie Growth Fund.

C4 insisted that the contract was awarded to Whisper Films, after a competitive tender process with production companies with Formula 1 credentials.

The tender process was led by Ed Havard, Channel 4’s Head of TV Events and Sport, and Stephen Lyle - who has been promoted to the new role of Head of F1 - to a short timescale in order to meet the start of the season on March 20th.

It follows the news announced last month that Channel 4 would become the new terrestrial television home of Formula 1 from 2016-2018 – broadcasting ten live F1 races, practice and qualifying sessions each season as well as highlights of all 21 Grands Prix and qualifying sessions.

Whisper Films was set up in 2010 by former BBC Sport F1 producer Sunil Patel, Coulthard Humphrey.

C4 said that as well as demonstrating significant innovation and creativity in their approach to producing Formula 1 coverage, included within Whisper Film’s winning pitch was the signing of a number of key production personnel and presenters with extensive experience in the sport. These include Mark Wilkin, the editor of the BBC’s F1 coverage, as programme editor.

Coulthard will also join the on-screen presenting team.

North One Television will also work with Channel 4 on a number of accompanying programmes to support Formula 1.



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