The six-time major winner is excited to return to Lytham St. Anne. He finished third at the course in 1988 after winning the championship at Muirfield the year before.
“It represents many special memories for me personally,” he said.
“This is both the site of my first English Amateur Championship win way back in 1975 and my first Ryder Cup in 1977.
“In addition 2012 is special for me as it’s the 25th anniversary of my first Open Championship at Muirfield.
“I look forward to working with the entire BBC team as we tell the story of what promises to be another historic Open.”
Hazel Irvine will present the coverage with Peter Alliss, Ken Brown, Wayne Grady and Andrew Cotter providing commentary and analysis with Sir Nick joining the team for Saturday and Sunday’s coverage.
Former world number nine and Ryder Cup winner David Howell will join Maureen Madill and Philip Parkin for on-course commentary with Dan Walker, Russell Fuller and Frances Donovan reporting from the course.
Meanwhile Radio 5 Live will be headed up by John Inverdale who will be joined by Bernard Gallacher, Mark Roe, Andrew Coltart, Jay Townsend, Karen Stupples and Andrew Murray.
All four days of the Championship (19 – 22 July) are live on TV, HD, radio, red button, mobile and online.