Moody not part of BT’s MotoGP team

In what is quickly turning into a year of bizarre decisions, Toby Moody has confirmed today on Twitter that he will not be part of BT Sport’s MotoGP team this season.

Moody, writing in a series of tweets, said “I wanted you to hear direct from me that I will not part of the UK commentary line-up for MotoGP in 2014. I’ve worked on MotoGP for 18 years, something I’m very proud of. I’ll still be around so will see more great racing. I will return to a TV screen near you very soon; you guys will know first when I do. Thank you for all your support. Plenty of voice left!”

What this does mean is that a BT Sport official line up announcement is presumably pretty imminent, although as with all of these things, a date has not been announced beforehand. I assume BT had the final say, rather than Moody ruling himself out. If that is the case, then it is immensely disappointing to see that someone else has been chosen over Moody. However, there could be mitigating circumstances. In the past few seasons, Moody has not commentated on every single race for Eurosport. BT Sport may well have been looking for someone to commit to every weekend, of which Moody was unwilling to do. I don’t know, I’m just speculating there, because I can’t think of any other logical reason for someone else to be chosen over Moody.

I think this announcement means that we are getting either Charlie Cox and Steve Parish as commentators, or Julian Ryder alongside Keith Huewen. I could probably flip a coin here and guess, but I have no idea which pair it could be. The view points here suggest that Ryder and Moody were high up on people’s list, including mine. Ryder and Huewen have been commentators together back in the early 1990s, on Sky.

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4 thoughts on “Moody not part of BT’s MotoGP team

    • Would be perceived as a step backwards in my view, and no doubt related to cost if it happened.

      The only way I’d support it is if Emmett and Harris were also part of their on-air team, but the World Feed basically operates every day, all day during a race weekend so I’m unsure how that can be achieved.

  1. I do feel sorry for Motocycling fans in the UK who may have hoped Moody, Spalders and Ryder would be part of the motley crue commentary team we all know and love. That’s the one big problem with pay-TV, BT and Sky have their own commitments to certain sports and motorsport is considered very niche with both companies which wouldn’t bring in a big amount of subscribers.

    This is why football and cricket are tailor made for pay-TV because Sky and BT can make a loss on producing the coverage whilst subscribers can easily make up in lost revenue. Motorsport relies heavily on sponsorship and if you put the sponsorship onto pay-TV, the exposure isn’t that great which means they drop out and you get a similar scenario in F1 of teams in debt.

    I’m saying that if you want to achieve the widest amount of viewers possible, you’re better off on free-to-air television. Otherwise the sport declines and we won’t be able to see the next batch of talent exploding onto our screens. Simple market economics.

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