An intriguing little twitter storm has occured today since the press release from Sky Sports F1 for the up and coming Formula 1 Sky coverage in 2019.
This morning, Sky Sports F1 published their press release article highlighting the new TV presenter team mentioning by name everyone but pit lane and paddock reporter Ted Kravitz.
“Sky Sports F1 coverage will reflect the changes and excitement with some new and returning faces joining the lineup. 2009 world champion Jenson Button joins the team, adding to Sky Sports’ roster of world champions alongside Damon Hill and Nico Rosberg.”
“Martin Brundle’s expert analysis and famed grid walks will be a key feature in the coverage, as well as in commentary with David Croft. Karun Chandhok who worked on Sky Sports F1 in the past returns to the fold, ready to give his insight as a former driver with years of experience in the sport together with Johnny Herbert and Paul Di Resta.”
Ted’s last tweet…
Grosjean and Magnussen unveil the new Haas colours, old car with new front wing. pic.twitter.com/RFE0osQhcp
— Ted Kravitz (@tedkravitz) February 7, 2019
In the past, Ted Kravitz has produced his ‘Teds Notebook’ piece for Sky Sports F1 during the winter testing, but was strangely absent for the first test this week in Barcelona. Couple this with the lack of mention in the press release, has caused a twitter hashtag to start: #findted.
Much speculation has been made as to his whereabouts, including the unlikely scenario that he has indeed gone missing altogether!
TJ13 has been given some gossip from a television engineer to publish however, the source is from the TV equipment suppliers Gearhouse Broadcast, a supplier for Sky TV. TJ13 was told that Ted has fallen out of favour with the new Sky F1 boss Scott Young and has not had his contract renewed.
The addition of Karun Chandhok from Channel 4 would suggest that this could be the case. The Indian ex-F1 driver turned pit lane reporter for the UK terrestrial channel would be a direct clash with Ted as his role has been more or less the same as the Sky veteran.
The 44 year old British TV presenter has had a long career on UK televisions reporting on Formula One, starting out in the 90’s Kravitz joined Chrysalis Television at the end of 1996 to work on their Grand Prix programming.
Kravitz worked with ITV since the beginning of their F1 coverage in 1997, initially as a producer, and then as a pit-lane reporter from 2002, alongside Louise Goodman. He replaced James Allen who was promoted to the post of race commentator, following the retirement of Murray Walker.
In December 2011, it was announced that Kravitz would follow Martin Brundle and others from the BBC to join BSkyB’s Sky Sports F1 coverage in 2012. As part of his new role, Kravitz hosts the channel’s weekly show, The F1 Show. For the 2012 season, he was joined by co-presenter Georgie Thompson. In 2013, following Thompson’s departure, Kravitz presents The F1 Show with Sky Sports F1’s Natalie Pinkham.
In addition to working on The F1 Show, Kravitz was also given a more prominent role in Formula 1 coverage, with Ted’s Notebook, a short segment in the show where Kravitz provides technical information from the pit lane, such as problems with cars, technical data, etc. Kravitz is also present for the Formula 1 winter testing. A nightly episode of Ted’s Notebook is shown during coverage to provide information on what each team had been doing throughout each test day.
This could be a storm in a Twitter teacup so to speak, if suddenly Ted turns up next week at Barcelona, he maybe on holiday!
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