David Croft (broadcaster)

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David Croft
David Croft at Goodwood 2011 001.jpg
Croft at the 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed
Born (1970-06-19) 19 June 1970 (age 46)
Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England, UK
Other names Crofty
Occupation Sports commentator
Employer Sky Sports
Known for Sports commentary

David Croft (also known as "Crofty"; born 19 June 1970) is a Sky Sports TV broadcaster. He was born and raised in Stevenage, England.[1]

Early career[edit]

Croft spent three years working at BBC Three Counties Radio, first as a sports reporter then as Sports Editor. He moved to BBC Radio 5 Live in December 1998. During his time at the station he covered the 2002 FIFA World Cup, 2004 Athens Summer Olympics and presented Saturday Sport on 5 during the summer of 2004 and 2005.

BBC Sport commentator[edit]

Formula One commentator[edit]

Croft was the BBC Radio 5 Live Formula One commentator and presenter, succeeding Maurice Hamilton at the start of the 2006 Formula 1 season.[2] He worked alongside former Super Aguri, Honda and Minardi F1 driver Anthony Davidson and pitlane reporters Ted Kravitz and Natalie Pinkham, covering each Grand Prix and qualifying as well as the three practice sessions which could be heard via the BBC Red Button service, BBC Sport Online and BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra. It was announced on 7 December 2011, that Croft would be lead commentator for Sky Television's coverage of F1 for the 2012 season, and would be joined by Anthony Davidson, Ted Kravitz, Natalie Pinkham and Martin Brundle.[3]

Other sports[edit]

Croft has also commentated on the BDO World Darts Championship and Winmau World Masters for BBC Television from 2004 to 2012 after first covering the World Championship for BBC Radio 5 Live in 2002. From 2013 onwards, Croft has been working as a presenter and occasional commentator for Sky Sports' coverage of Professional Darts Corporation events.

Further commentary work[edit]

His work outside the BBC has included commentary on:

Video games and film[edit]

He is the voice of the paddock reporter in the Codemasters F1 2010 game and in the sequels F1 2011, F1 2012, F1 2013, F1 2015 and F1 2016.

Croft also voiced the character of Lofty Crofty in the European release of Planes.[6] The character was the European equivalent of Colin Cowling.

Radio presenter[edit]

Croft also presents a midweek sports show and Monday night football phone in on BBC London 94.9FM where he has also stood in for Paul Ross and co-presented the Breakfast show first with Jo-Anne Good and then Gaby Roslin.


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