EJ: Brundle leaving BBC for Sky next season

The BBC’s television punditry team looks set to break up at the end of the season. Former McLaren driver and lead BBC commentator Martin Brundle earlier this week denied a report in London’s Telegraph that said he is poised to accept a $1.6 million offer to switch full-time to Sky in 2012.

The BBC and pay-channel Sky will share the British hosting rights next year, with the public broadcaster to televise only a handful of F1 races.

French commentator Jean-Louis Moncet revealed in his Auto Plus column that he sat down for breakfast in the Buddh circuit paddock with Eddie Jordan, an expert pundit on the BBC coverage.

“He swallowed a few spoons of soup and then told me Martin Brundle is leaving for Sky next year,” revealed Moncet. “And he (Jordan) doesn’t want to continue if, as expected, the BBC transmits only half the races.”

Moncet, who calls races for France’s TF1, quoted the former team owner Jordan as saying: “I will do everything or nothing.”