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Coulthard readies to talk and Sky Germany go HD // Broadcast news aplenty, as the BBC confirm their plans

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Today is the 11th January 2011 and you are listening to F1Minute.

The BBC confirmed their commentary lineup for this season, with Jonathan Legard saying goodbye to the box. He’s not been particularly popular, and after two years, the BBC are replacing him. Martin Brundle becomes the lead commentator, with David Coulthard joining him as analyst. Brundle and DC are good friends, and Martin says: “We have been friends, rivals and colleagues for 18 years and combined we have driven in more than 400 F1 Grands Prix and attended over 700. I've never felt more passionate about Formula 1 and I can't wait to get started.”

In other broadcast news, Germany, Austria and Switzerland will get coverage of F1 in native High Definition, as Sky Germany have been the first to confirm their 2011 aims. They’ve been running upscaled footage for a while, but for this year they’ve announced true HD. There’s no official word from Bernie Ecclestone on native HD, and he provides all the world feed footage. The other question is, of course, whether the BBC will be picking up HD content as well.