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Formula One commentator Murray Walker passes away at the age of 97

Formula One commentator Murray Walker OBE passes away at the age of 97

  • Legendary broadcaster Murray Walker OBE has passed away at the age of 97
  • Walker commentated on motorsport full-time for British TV for over 25 years
  •  Tributes have poured in for the ‘Formula One’ legend on social media

Legendary motorsport and Formula One commentator Murray Walker OBE has passed away at the age of 97.

Walker spent 25 years as a full-time motorsport commentator for BBC and ITV was famed for enthusiastic voice and his ‘Murrayisms’ during live races. 

He retired from regular broadcasting in 2001 but occasionally appeared part-time for the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky Sports afterwards.

Legendary motorsport broadcaster Murray Walker OBE has passed away at the age of 97

Walker was a full-time Formula One commentator for the BBC and ITV for over 25 years

Formula One posted on their social media platforms that Walker’s passing was ‘very sad’ and claimed ‘his passion and love of the sport inspired millions of fans around the world’.

Former British F1 driver and fellow commentator Martin Brundle added that Walker was a ‘wonderful man in every respect. (A) national treasure, (a) communication genius (and a ) Formula One legend’.

Walker first worked in Formula One commentary at the BBC during the 1949 Grand Prix. He also did sports broadcasting work alongside his father Graham, with the pair being the single father and son commentary duo between 1949 and 1962. 

After his father’s death in 1962, Walker became the BBC’s chief motorcycling commentator, while also doing occasional Formula One broadcasts during the 1970s.   

He became a full-time Formula One commentator in 1978 and would go on to form half of a popular double act with 1976 world champion James Hunt. 

Walker moved over to ITV when the broadcasting rights for Formula One moved over in 1997, with Brundle joining him as a co-commentator until his retirement in 2001. 

He was appointed an OBE in the 1996 Birthday Honours list for services to broadcasting and motorsport. 

  

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