Murray Walker
Graeme Murray Walker, OBE
Order of the British Empire
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 (known as Murray Walker; born 10 October 1923, Hall Green
Hall Green
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, Birmingham
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, England
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) is a former Formula One
Formula One
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 (F1) motorsport commentator
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. For most of his career he worked for the BBC
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, but when it lost the contract for F1 coverage to the company ITV
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, Walker continued his commentating after the change of broadcaster.

He has a distinctive, enthusiastic commentary style. Since 1978, British television commentary of the Formula 1 seasons has been used by other broadcasters right around the world, including Australia and Japan.

I was often in the pit lane the noise was indescribable and I've no doubt that is why my hearing was affected.

The Evening Standard Staff (June 21, 2007) "Evening Standard: F1 made me deaf, says Walker", The Evening Standard|The Evening Standard.

Motor racing can never be totally safe and it never should be in my opinion. But thank God it's a lot safer now.

The Gold Coast Bulletin staff (October 26, 2002) "Weekender", The Gold Coast Bulletin|The Gold Coast Bulletin, p. W09.

I don't make mistakes. I make prophecies that immediately turn out to be wrong.

The Gold Coast Bulletin staff (October 26, 2002) "Muddly Talker", The Gold Coast Bulletin|The Gold Coast Bulletin, p. W09.

We all make mistakes, but when I made mistakes there was no filter between me and the consumer.

The Guardian staff (December 27, 2000) "It's the end of an earache or do I mean era?", The Guardian|The Guardian.

I'm a frustrated driver. I would love to be out on the track instead of them. I look at them with envy.

Jasper Gerard (December 17, 2000) "It's the last lap and ... I don't believe it! - Interview", The Sunday Times|The Sunday Times, p. News Review 5.

I wouldn't want to stop making those gaffes, even if I could. People realise I am flesh and blood. I am not sensitive about it. It's just my enthusiasm. I want to say so much more than I have time for.

Byron Young (November 9, 1997) "Schu dirty rats! - Motor racing", News of the World, Section: Sport, p. 63.