Ted Kravitz

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Ted Kravitz
Ted Kravitz.jpg
Kravitz at the 2005 United States Grand Prix, when he worked for ITV
Born Theodore Slotover
March 1974
Nationality British
Occupation Television Presenter
Employer Sky Sports
Known for Formula 1 Reporter

Ted Kravitz (born Theodore Slotover[1][2] in March 1974[3]) is a British Formula One pit-lane reporter working on Sky Sports F1.

Early career[edit]

In his university days, Kravitz began presenting on University Radio Exeter. Upon graduation, he trained as a journalist at CBS News' London bureau before working for local radio stations in the South-West of England as a news and sports reporter. He then returned to London to work for 95.8 Capital FM, on their Sony Award-winning news show, The Way It Is.

After a spell as a news and sports reporter for LBC and London News Direct, Kravitz joined Chrysalis Television at the end of 1996 to work on their Grand Prix programming.

ITV[edit]

Kravitz worked with ITV since the beginning of their F1 coverage in 1997, initially as a producer, and then as a pit-lane reporter from 2002, alongside Louise Goodman. He replaced James Allen who was promoted to the post of race commentator, following the retirement of Murray Walker.

In 2007 and 2008 he presented ITV's British Touring Car Championship coverage.

BBC[edit]

Kravitz continued his pit-lane role, alongside Lee McKenzie,[4] as the Formula One coverage moved to the BBC in 2009, and remained in this position until the end of 2011.

Sky Sports F1[edit]

In December 2011 it was announced that Kravitz would follow Martin Brundle and others from the BBC to join BSkyB's Sky Sports F1 coverage in 2012. As part of his new role, Kravitz hosts the channel's weekly show, The F1 Show. For the 2012 season he was joined by co-presenter Georgie Thompson. In 2013, following Thompson's departure, Kravitz presents The F1 Show with Sky Sport F1's Natalie Pinkham.

In addition to working on The F1 Show, Kravitz was also given a more prominent role in Formula 1 coverage, with Ted's Notebook, a short segment in the show where Kravitz provides technical information from the pit lane, such as problems with cars, technical data, etc. Kravitz was also present for the 2013 Formula 1 winter testing. A nightly episode of Ted's Notebook was shown during coverage to provide information on what each team had been doing throughout each test day.

Personal life[edit]

During the 2010 Turkish Grand Prix, commentator Jonathan Legard revealed that Kravitz is an aircraft pilot.

In the 2011 British Grand Prix edition of his 'Grand Prix from the Pit Lane' video series for the BBC website, Kravitz said that his wife had given birth to a baby girl and that he would miss the next two Grands Prix because he will be on paternity leave. In 2012 Kravitz had his second child, missing two Grand Prix weekends due to paternity leave.

The Kravitz name comes from his mother's side of the family.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Charles Sale sports column". Daily Mail. 2008-04-15. He felt that Ted Kravitz had more of an F1 feel about it than the name on his birth certificate, which is Theodore Slotover. 
  2. ^ "New Vroom". Daily Telegraph. 2004-05-08. Ted Slotover, ITV's Formula One reporter, has seen at first hand that engineers get just as much satisfaction from their contributions to working on a successful car as the drivers. 
  3. ^ "Ted's Qualifying Notebook". Sky Sports F1. Sky Sports. 2013-11-16. Retrieved 2013-11-16.  Scroll to 05:03, states he will be 40 in March
  4. ^ "Coulthard, Jordan & Brundle join BBC". BBC Sport. BBC. 2008-11-24. Retrieved 2009-04-03. 

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