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Consternation on Twitter as Jill Douglas misses out, though she will be reporting from technical area

Jake Humphrey, best known for fronting BBC1’s Formula 1 coverage, will be the Olympic host broadcaster’s main presenter from the Olympic Velodrome at London 2012 next summer.

Following today’s announcement of the main presenters of the BBC’s coverage of London 2012, initial reaction on Twitter from both those within the sport and fans alike focused on why Jill Douglas had not been selected for the role.

The Scot has regularly hosted cycling coverage on both the BBC and ITV4, giving her solid experience in and knowledge of the sport.

It is understood that Douglas, who moved back to the BBC from Sky Sports in 2003 and also specialises in rugby union, will still be part of the BBC’s Olympic team, including reporting from within the technical area at the Velodrome.

Humphrey, aged 33, has been a rising star within BBC Sport for several years, having moved across from CBBC, via a stint on Radio 5 Live, to presenting shows including Football Focus and Match of the Day.

He has also hosted the BBC’s Superbowl coverage and co-presents the annual Sports Personality of the Year show, as well as working on the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and Commonwealth Games in 2010.

However, it is through anchoring BBC’s Formula 1 coverage over the past three seasons that Humphrey has become a household name as one of its star sports presenters.

After presenting coverage of the Singapore Grand Prix in September, he did find time to check up on events in Copenhagen the same day, teasing the thousands of Formula 1 fans who follow him on Twitter by tweeting, “And the World Champion is crowned. SO well deserved. Dominant, talented, hard working and THE BEST IN THE WORLD. His name? @MarkCavendish.”

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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cat1commuter [1421 posts] 4 years ago
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Hope they've got Chris Boardman on the team too. He's matured into a top pundit.

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Simon_MacMichael [2450 posts] 4 years ago
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cat1commuter wrote:

Hope they've got Chris Boardman on the team too. He's matured into a top pundit.

He's been busy helping LOCOG design the podiums - taking a while cos they're not happy with his revolutionary "top step only" design  3

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cat1commuter [1421 posts] 4 years ago
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Simon_MacMichael wrote:

He's been busy helping LOCOG design the podiums - taking a while cos they're not happy with his revolutionary "top step only" design  3

Ugh, yes. Those adverts began to grate the second time I heard them. After three weeks TdF coverage…

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Simon_MacMichael [2450 posts] 4 years ago
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It would be cruel to remind the world that the third step gave Mr B himself somewhere to stand when he won bronze at Atlanta in 1996, so I won't  3

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chris75018 [99 posts] 4 years ago
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I'll take that as a good sign - As the article mentions, he seems to be the Beeb's rising star on the sports front - so I'm guessing he'll be fronting the sports they've earmarked as priorities - which hopefully equates to lots of airtime and lots of cameras?

And I'd echo Cat1commuter - Boardman would be a great choice as ex-pro sidekick.

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FMOAB [266 posts] 4 years ago
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Humphrey should be a great host, I personally find Boardman insufferably smug and hope that he doesn't feature at all.

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TheHatter [770 posts] 4 years ago
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FMOAB wrote:

I personally find Boardman insufferably smug and hope that he doesn't feature at all.

+1
how about giving Obree a go and Malcolm Elliot or some of the other ex racers a chance plus Michael Hutchinson is a great pundit for the road TT? Would much rather here their views on the racing than Boardman's drone.