In December 2015, TJ13 revealed that Channel 4 had made an investment during last autumn in a company called Whisper films. Click here.
Whisper films was established in 2010 by Sunil Patel, David Coulthard and Jake Humphrey and whilst the connection with F1 is obvious for the latter two, Sunil Patel has a most interesting background. He was previously a producer for BBC sport and was a key individual in their BAFTA winning Formula One production following the Beeb’s acquisition of the broadcasting rights from ITV.
TJ13 sources also revealed at the time that the BBC is contributing around £10m a year to Channel 4’s F1 budget and the public broadcaster will now outsource the production of Formula One to Coulthard’s Whisper films. Channel 4 remain a minority shareholder in Whisper films.
“This is an exciting time for the sport and an exciting time for Whisper Films,” Coulthard says today. “The F1 world has been incredibly impressed with what Whisper has delivered over the last five years and Channel 4’s decision is testament to that.
“I’m looking forward to being part of an exciting new era for Formula 1, with Whisper Films and our proven level of creativity and innovation very much at the heart of that.”
Ed Havard, Channel 4’s head of TV events and sport defended the broadcaster’s decision to outsource their F1 production: “Whisper Films outlined an extremely impressive and exciting vision for their F1 coverage, with outstanding on and off screen talent as an integral part of their pitch.
“We are delighted that David Coulthard will be at the heart of Channel 4’s coverage and look forward to announcing the full presenting team in the coming weeks.”