Freddie Flintoff agrees compensation for Top Gear crash

Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff has reached a settlement with the BBC after he was injured in a crash while filming Top Gear last year.

The Sun reports that the deal with BBC Studios is based on the former England cricketer’s loss of two years’ earnings – and is worth £9 million.

Filming of the series was suspended pending a review of the incident.

The payment will not be funded by TV license fees, as BBC Studios is the commercial arm of the broadcaster.

Flintoff’s legal team told the newspaper that the former cricketer was still recovering from “very significant and life-changing” injuries.

Following the crash on 13 December 2022 at the Top Gear test track at Dunsfold Park Aerodrome in Surrey, Flintoff received medical treatment at the scene before being taken to hospital for further treatment.

“BBC Studios has reached an agreement with Freddie that we believe will support his continued rehabilitation, return to work and future plans,” read a statement from the company.

“We sincerely apologize to Freddie and will continue to support his recovery.”

The BBC apologized to Flintoff in March for his injuries, when it announced a health and safety review of the event. This is expected to be carried out by an independent third party.

An external investigation is thought to be ongoing, although the results may not be made public.

BBC Studios conducted its own investigation into the accident.

Flintoff was interviewed twice during two investigations carried out by the BBC, The Sun reported.

A spokesman for the Heath and Safety Executive said in March that the national regulator for workplace safety had completed their investigation into the incident and would not investigate further.

Flintoff was pictured for the first time since the crash in September, as he led on-field training with England players in Cardiff ahead of the team’s one-day international with New Zealand. Scars were visible on his face and there was tape on his nose.

The 45-year-old former England captain retired from cricket in 2009 after playing 79 Tests, 141 one-day internationals and seven T20s.

He joined BBC One’s Top Gear as a presenter in 2019 alongside Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris. Their latest series attracted an average audience of 4.5 million viewers.