The news that Matt LeBlanc is joining Top Gear is a brilliant marketing move for the programme - one of the BBC's best money making productions.  Not only does it help the show navigate a tricky transition, by completely changing the nature of the presenters, it opens up the US market as well.  All in all a master stroke in widening the audience appeal.

Love it or hate it - Top Gear is one of the few programmes left that we will sit down and watch as a family and teenage sons and daughters are now looking forward to the new season.

At a time when the BBC is under pressure - I for one hope TopGear revenue fills some holes in its budget.