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New Look to talkSPORT’s Kick-Off
Added: Monday 17th August
Kick-Off has received a talkSPORT makeover in the close-season with a new-look to the show, resulting in Danny Kelly now presenting just two shows a week.
As revealed on this evening’s edition of Kick-Off, hosted by Stan Collymore with Daily Express journalist Mick Dennis, the former Liverpool, Leicester and England striker will now present the show from Monday to Wednesday with Danny Kelly now presenting the show on Thursday and Friday. The changes to the show come as a surprise as Kelly was installed as host of the show last summer during Euro 2008 and presented it for over a year alongside Collymore and other ex-professionals.
However, the news has not gone down well with a number of listeners on internet message forums such as Digital Spy. One listener said he was “very disappointed that Danny Kelly is now only doing Thursday’s and Friday’s”, whilst another said: “I think it would be a seriously bad move to drop Danny Kelly from the anchorman role for these shows on a permanent basis.”
Meanwhile, Collymore is utilising instant messaging during his on-air appearances on talkSPORT to encourage listeners to get in touch with the show. Throughout Saturday’s Matchday Live and Call Collymore and tonight’s Kick-Off, he was asking listeners, via Twitter, to message their comments to him via firstname.lastname@example.org on MSN Messenger.
talkSPORT Extend Kyle’s Show
Added: Sunday 16th August
talkSPORT have extended the duration of The Jeremy Kyle Show by one-hour to three, resulting in a shorter edition of Football First on Sunday, hosted by Ian Danter.
Kyle joined talkSPORT in September last year having presented radio shows on various local and national stations including: BRMB, Century FM, Virgin Radio and GCap’s network of stations. Since then, he has presented the 12:00pm-2:00pm slot alongside Daily Telegraph journalist Chris Davies discussing the week’s big sports stories. Now, the show has been extended by one-hour to three hours but this has resulted in a shorter edition Football First on Sunday, which follows.
Hosted by Ian Danter, with Alvin Martin and Ray Houghton, Football First on Sunday will now broadcast between 3:00pm-7:00pm with the show’s phone-in now scheduled to air after 6:00pm. It is believed the extension to The Jeremy Kyle Show is due to its popularity amongst listeners and is likely to be one of the strongest performing weekend shows on talkSPORT.
When he joined talkSPORT, Kyle said: “Talk radio is my passion and talkSPORT is the home of talk radio in the UK so I'm delighted at the prospect of having my own show on the station. Whilst I never set out to be controversial, I’ll be dealing with topics and debating subjects that are sure to put fire in the nation’s belly.”
Goughy in the Driving Seat
Added: Tuesday 11th August
Darren Gough has been appointed to replace Ian Wright as permanent co-presenter of Drive with Adrian Durham from Monday 24th August.
Following Ian Wright’s appointment as co-presenter of a new daily television show on Five, it has been announced that former Yorkshire and England cricketer Darren Gough will be the new five-day-a-week co-presenter of talkSPORT’s drive time show alongside Adrian Durham. Gough, who already presents the Friday edition of the show, will begin his new role with talkSPORT on Monday 24th August, the last scheduled day of play between England and Australia in The Ashes at The Oval.
Gough, previously with BBC Radio 5 Live, signed for talkSPORT in January as part of the station’s coverage of England’s Tour of the West Indies, The Ashes, and the World Twenty20 Cup. talkSPORT Programme Director, Moz Dee said Gough had proved himself to be an "immensely talented broadcaster. He is intelligent, opinionated, and funny and his knowledge of sport away from cricket will surprise a lot of people.”
Gough, who took 229 wickets in 58 Tests for England and a record 235 wickets in 159 one-day internationals, won the 2005 series of BBC 1's Strictly Come Dancing and was also one of the team captains on BBC 1 Saturday teatime show, Hole in the Wall. Speaking in January to the Media Guardian, he said: “talkSPORT has a personality that no other broadcaster comes close to. I've been a listener of the station for years and to be part of its presenter team is an honour and a challenge I am relishing.”
Matchday Live with Ian Wright, Wright, Wright
Added: Tuesday 11th August
Ian Wright will move from his position as co-presenter of Drive to a new slot on Matchday Live after it was revealed, yesterday, that he had been signed-up to present a new daily TV show for Five.
The former Arsenal and England striker will be teaming up with Kate Walsh and Melinda Messenger to present Live from Studio Five, a nightly hour-long programme discussing the news, sport and entertainment. The show will go on air in September, most likely in the 6.30pm slot, and will feature a mix of location reports, celebrity interviews, gossip and conversation around events in the news agenda of the day.
Wright has been with talkSPORT since 2007 presenting the station’s drive time show alongside Adrian Durham. However, the move to Five signals a return to terrestrial television having co-hosted the comeback series of Gladiators with Kirsty Gallacher on Sky One. Wright resigned from his role as a football pundit at the BBC last year, saying their coverage was too stuffy and out of touch with fans adding that he was tired of being used as a "comedy jester" between regular pundits Alan Hansen and Alan Shearer.
But, rather than leaving the station, Wright will now co-anchor Matchday Live with Adrian Durham each Saturday afternoon between 12:00pm-5:00pm, which includes live Premier League commentary from Nigel Pearson and Stan Collymore. Former Yorkshire and England cricketer Darren Gough will replace Wright on talkSPORT’s drive time show from Monday 24th August, the last scheduled day of play of The Ashes.
Programme Director, Moz Dee, said the new schedule was a "real statement of intent from talkSPORT and a real opportunity for us to increase our share of the Saturday sports audience". He added that that the new line-up would give listeners "even more bang for their buck". "In the new schedule, Ian and Darren will be on-air for a total 20 hours a week – that's a third more than they were last season. Our new schedule shows our commitment to providing official broadcast rights supported by top-draw talent.”
Ian Wright Set to Leave talkSPORT
Added: Monday 10th August
Ian Wright is set to leave talkSPORT in the coming weeks after it was revealed he is to become a presenter on a new Five television show with Kate Walsh, runner-up on The Apprentice earlier this year.
The former Arsenal and England striker will be teaming up with Kate Walsh and Melinda Messenger to present Live From Studio Five, a nightly hour-long programme discussing the news, sport and entertainment. The show will go on air in September, most likely in the 6.30pm slot, and will feature a mix of location reports, celebrity interviews, gossip and conversation around events in the news agenda of the day.
Wright’s been with talkSPORT since 2007 presenting the station’s drive time show alongside Adrian Durham. However, the move to Five signals a return to terrestrial television having co-hosted the comeback series of Gladiators with Kirsty Gallacher on Sky One. Wright resigned from his role as a football pundit at the BBC last year, saying their coverage was too stuffy and out of touch with fans adding that he was tired of being used as a "comedy jester" between regular pundits Alan Hansen and Alan Shearer.
However, it is not a total shock that Wright is set to leave talkSPORT after he revealed on-air, in April, he would be he “leaving soon.” When he was asked by fellow talkSPORT presenter Andy Goldstein whether rumours he would be leaving in the near future, Wright replied: “I will be leaving soon, but not yet.”
Darren Gough, Alvin Martin and Stewart Robson have all been linked as possible replacements for Wright on Drive with Adrian Durham, which broadcasts each weekday afternoon between 4:00pm-7:00pm.
Live from Edgbaston: Twenty20 Cup Final
Added: Monday 10th August
talkSPORT will broadcast extensive coverage of Twenty20 Cup Finals Day live from Edgbaston on Saturday 15th August, including live commentary of the Final.
talkSPORT's coverage of Twenty20 Cup Finals Day from Edgbaston in Birmingham begins at 11:00am on Saturday 15th August. The first semi final: Northamptonshire v Sussex is scheduled to begin at 11:30am followed by the second semi final at 3:00pm between Kent and Somerset with regular updates and reports throughout the day from Andrew McKenna, Dominic Cork, Darren Gough and Ronnie Irani.
From 7:00pm, talkSPORT will broadcast live commentary of the Twenty20 Cup Final: Northamptonshire or Sussex v Kent or Somerset. Play will begin at 7:15pm.
The full schedule for Saturday 15th August on talkSPORT is as follows:
1:00am Mike Graham 6:00am Fisherman’s Blues with Keith Arthur 8:00am The Weekend Sports Breakfast with Mark Saggers & Micky Quinn 12:00pm Matchday Live: Premier League with Adrian Durham 5:00pm Call Collymore 7:00pm Twenty20 Cup Final Live 10:30pm-1:00am George Galloway.
talkSPORT’s current commentary deal for the Twenty20 Cup competition expires this year after signing a deal with the England and Wales Cricket Board in 2006. The station also holds rights to updates and reports from all England Test Matches, One Day Internationals and Twenty20 International matches.
Zamaretto Sign Sponsorship Deal with talkSPORT
Added: Monday 10th August
Tony Christie will deliver a rendition of "is this the way to Zamaretto" as part of the liqueur's sponsorship deal with talkSPORT’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.
The singer will base the ten-second advert on his smash hit “is this the way to Amarillo” and talkSPORT listeners will be able to get a chance to win a bottle of Zamaretto and a branded t-shirt with the winner being announced before the end of The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.
John Mills, ICB Managing Director, said: “talkSPORT is compulsive listening for sports fans and we are delighted to have secured this deal, which provides consistently high profile exposure for Zamaretto with a key audience throughout the season.”
Zamaretto is rich, sweet, smooth and almondy drink, which can be enjoyed straight or with ice, or turned into a long drink by mixing with juice, or a sparkling mixer.
Meanwhile, talkSPORT commentator and presenter Jim Proudfoot has joined ESPN following the collapse of Setanta Sports earlier this year. Proudfoot, the station’s regular commentator at Champions League matches, will be providing commentary on the channel’s coverage of the Bundesliga, Russian Premier League and other top European leagues.
RAJAR Audience Figures, Q2 2009
Added: Thursday 6th August
talkSPORT's weekly audience is 2,405,000 listeners which represents a rise of 0.9%. year-on-year but a 0.5% drop since three months ago.
According to figures released by RAJAR on Thursday 6th August, talkSPORT gained 21,000 listeners year-on-year, but lost a 11,000 listeners quarter-on-quarter giving the station a total of 2,405,000 listeners each week. This represents a rise of 0.9% year-on-year but a drop of 0.5% compared to Q1 of 2009. However, talkSPORT’s market share is 1.8%, which is down 0.1% year-on-year but static on the previous quarter.
In the all important London-market, talkSPORT attracted 588,000 listeners each week which is down 4.2% year-on-year and down a massive 14% when compared with three months ago. The station’s market share is higher in the capital at 2.5% which is down 0.1% year-on-year and down 0.2% quarter-on-quarter. 24.4% of talkSPORT’s weekly national audience is based in the London region.
Nationally, listening hours are 6.7 million more than Absolute Radio with talkSPORT listeners tuning in to the station for an average of 7.5 hours a week, compared to Absolute Radio’s 6.7 hours and Classic FM’s 7.0 hours. The station’s audience profile remains attractive, with 79% of its audience male and 57% ABC1s.
Audience figures have also been released for The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast which features Ronnie Irani as co-presenter. In Q1 of 2009, the show reached a national audience of 1,001,000 listeners every week. However, for Q2 of 2009, the show gained 3,000 listeners when compared with the previous quarter but lost a massive 65,000 listeners year-on-year giving them a total audience of 1,004,000.
talkSPORT’s drive time show hosted by Adrian Durham and Ian Wright reaches a weekly audience of 855,000. This figure is down 4,000 listeners compared with the same period two years ago.
Meanwhile, LBC 97.3 posted its largest overall audience reach in more than fourteen years. The station, which has former talkSPORT presenter James Whale and former London Mayor Ken Livingstone on its roster of presenters, recorded an average of 787,000 listeners each week during Q2 of 2009, up 11.6% on the previous quarter and 32.5% on the same period in 2008.
The Opening Day of the Football League Season
Added: Sunday 2nd August
talkSPORT will provide extensive coverage of the opening day of the 2009-2010 Football League season on Saturday 8th August.
On Saturday 8th August, the 2009-2010 season begins in earnest with the Football League kicking-off proceedings and talkSPORT will provide extensive coverage of the opening day fixtures including live updates and reports from each game in the Championship and goal news from League One and League Two throughout the course of the afternoon with their team of reporters and commentators.
Mark Saggers and Micky Quinn with a new look to weekend mornings begin day on talkSPORT with The Weekend Sports Breakfast between 8:00am-12:00pm for build-up to the opening day fixtures, plus all the morning sports headlines and phone-in in discussion with listeners. From 12:00pm, Adrian Durham presents Matchday Live alongside Stan Collymore at Pride Park and Bobby Gould at the Madjeski Stadium for full coverage of the opening day of the 2009-2010 Championship, League One and Two season.
The opening day fixtures in the Championship are as follows: Cardiff v Scunthorpe, Crystal Palace v Plymouth, Derby v Peterborough, Leicester v Swansea, Preston v Bristol City, QPR v Blackpool, Reading v Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday v Barnsley, Watford v Doncaster and West Brom v Newcastle.
Following the conclusion of the matches, Stan Collymore continues on talkSPORT with Call Collymore live from Pride Park until 7:00pm: the ultimate post-match football phone-in for analysis, debate and phone-in discussion followed by Andy Goldstein's Sports Bar with Jason Cundy until 10:00pm.
The full schedule for Saturday 8th August on talkSPORT is as follows:
1:00am Mike Graham 6:00am Fisherman’s Blues with Keith Arthur 8:00am The Weekend Sports Breakfast with Mark Saggers & Micky Quinn 12:00pm Matchday Live with Adrian Durham, Stan Collymore & Bobby Gould 5:00pm Call Collymore 7:00pm Andy Goldstein’s Sports Bar 10:00pm-1:00am George Galloway.
Dominic Cork on The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
Added: Monday 27th July
Former England cricketer Dominic Cork will be in for Ronnie Irani on The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast all this week as build-up to the third test of England v Australia in The Ashes.
Regular co-presenter Ronnie Irani is away for a second week with Micky Quinn filling-in for the former England and Sussex cricketer last week. This week, however, Dominic Cork is standing-in for Irani having putting in a man-of-the-match performance for Hampshire in the Friends Provident Trophy Final against Essex at Lord’s on Saturday. Hampshire beat Sussex by six wickets with Cork claiming 3-6 in 11 balls.
At international level for England, Cork claimed a five-wicket haul in his debut Test at Lord's in 1995, taking 7-43 in the second test against West Indies and a memorable hat-trick in the fourth test at Old Trafford. He also played his best innings at the home of cricket in 2000, again against West Indies, when his unbeaten 33 sealed a nerve-wracking two-wicket victory for England after the tourists had been dismissed for 54 in their second innings. Cork also took seven wickets in the match.
In the County Championship, Cork helped Lancashire win the Second Division in 2005, contributing 540 runs and 43 wickets, and claimed 42 wickets at 25 apiece the following season. Cork was less successful in 2007, taking 30 wickets at an average of 33, and the season ended in disappointing fashion on a personal and team level when he was last man out in Lancashire's pursuit of 489 to beat Surrey and win the division.
Now, Cork, whilst at Hampshire, will be in for Ronnie Irani on The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast all this week between 6:00am-10:00am, and live from Edgbaston for the first two days of the third test of England v Australia in The Ashes on Thursday and Friday on talkSPORT.
Mark Saggers on The Weekend Sports Breakfast
Added: Monday 27th July
Mark Saggers and Micky Quinn will be the new presenters on The Weekend Sports Breakfast for the 2009-2010 season from Saturday 8th August on talkSPORT.
Saggers joined talkSPORT from the BBC in July after the corporation decided against extending his contract following its expiration earlier this year. Since arriving at the station, Saggers has presented talkSPORT’s All Sports Show each Saturday afternoon between 12:00pm-5:00pm with coverage of the afternoon’s sport. He’s also filled-in on The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast alongside Ronnie Irani and Drive with Micky Quinn.
Quinn, former Newcastle, Coventry and Portsmouth striker, has been a regular on talkSPORT since 2002, having appeared on a number of shows including Football First, Kick-Off, Drive, The Sports Breakfast and Matchday Live. Quinn also makes regular appearances on Sky Sports News as a studio pundit for matches involved his former clubs and was a co-commentator on Portsmouth commentary matches on The Quay.
Now, Saggers and Quinn are teaming up to be the new presenters on The Weekend Sports Breakfast for the 2009-2010 season. Beginning on Saturday 8th August, the first day of the Football League season, they will present the show every Saturday and Sunday morning between 8:00am-12:00pm. They become the permanent presenters replacing Alan Brazil and Ronnie Irani on Sunday and Russ Williams on Sunday.
Ian Danter on The Ultimate Late Show
Added: Monday 27th July
Ian Danter is filling-in Adrian Goldberg on talkSPORT’s Ultimate Late Show from Tuesday 4th August to Friday 7th August.
Danter, who presents Football First each Sunday alongside Alvin Martin and Ray Houghton and is a regular reporter on Matchday Live, is to fill-in for Adrian Goldberg on The Ultimate Late from Tuesday 4th August to Friday 7th August between 1:00am-6:00am on talkSPORT. Danter previously filled-in for Ian Collins on the show when he began presenting The Late Show last year.
In addition, Tom Rivers will be filling-in on the show on Wednesday 12th August and Thursday 13th August between 1:00am-6:00am on talkSPORT. Mike Graham, who presents the weekend edition of the show will fill-in for Goldberg on Tuesday 11th August and Friday 14th August.
Meanwhile, Paul Hawksbee will be absent from his afternoon show with Andy Jacobs for the next four weeks. Andy Goldstein, who regularly presents The Sports Bar each weekend between 7:00pm-10:00pm, will be filling-in for Hawksbee for the next two weeks, at least.
Stan to Return in August
Added: Monday 20th July
Stan Collymore has confirmed that he will be returning to the talkSPORT airwaves on Monday 3rd August alongside Danny Kelly on Kick-Off for the new season.
The former Nottingham Forest, Liverpool and Leicester forward recently signed a new contract with talkSPORT keeping him at the station until at least the summer of 2011 meaning he’ll be part of talkSPORT’s extensive coverage of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa next year. Collymore joined the station from BBC Radio 5 Live last summer and has been a regular presenter on Kick-Off with Danny Kelly as well as co-commentator on the station’s Premier League, Champions League and Football League coverage.
However, Collymore has been having a well-earned break from the talkSPORT airwaves since the end of the 2008-2009 season but has confirmed, via Twitter, his return to the station in time for the 2009-2010 season: “Tune in on August 3rd for my first show back on talkSPORT. I’ll be on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights live on the new Kick-Off between 7:00pm-10:00pm and on Saturdays. Everyone is welcome to join in as long as its football, you’re passionate and you have something to say.”
Meanwhile, Ian Danter and Mick Dennis will be in for Andy Townsend and Mike Parry on the morning show all this week between 10:00am-1:00pm. In addition, Jason Cundy will be in for Adrian Durham alongside Ian Wright on Drive all this week too between 4:00pm-7:00pm on talkSPORT.
talkSPORT to Choose Opening Premier League Commentary
Added: Monday 20th July
talkSPORT are set to choose their first live Premier League commentary match of the 2009-2010 season after Sky and ESPN decided which fixtures to show live on television.
Despite fixtures for the Premier League being released on last month, it has taken almost four weeks for Sky Sports and ESPN to decide which of the opening day fixtures would be rearranged for live television coverage. It means that once BBC Radio 5 Live have taken their first pick of the remaining 3:00pm fixtures on the opening day of the season on Saturday 15th August, talkSPORT can decide which game will be their first Premier League commentary of the 2009-2010 season.
talkSPORT will have second choice of the following 3:00pm kick-off Premier League fixtures on Saturday 15th August: Aston Villa v Wigan at Villa Park; Blackburn v Manchester City at Ewood Park; Bolton v Sunderland at the Reebok Stadium; Portsmouth v Fulham at Fratton Park; Stoke v Burnley at the Britannia Stadium; and Wolves v West Ham at Molineux.
It has expected that Nigel Pearson will be once again joined by Stan Collymore in the commentary box for talkSPORT’s live Premier League fixtures throughout the season with Adrian Durham returning as presenter of Matchday Live. In addition to live Premier League and Champions League commentaries, talkSPORT will continue to provide their scoreflash service on Sunday afternoon and midweek evenings on Tuesday and Wednesday Night Football with Danny Kelly and Stan Collymore.
Meanwhile, full news of talkSPORT’s new schedule for the forthcoming 2009-2010 football season is set to be released in the coming weeks. Keep checking back to this website for all the programming news and information on talkSPORT's live Premier League and Champions League coverage.
talkSPORT Magazine Circulation Boost
Added: Monday 20th July
talkSPORT Magazine celebrated its first birthday and fiftieth issue by announcing a circulation of over 176,000 readers.
The free weekly e-magazine is available to visitors of the station’s website in addition to those who have signed up for it to be delivered to their email inbox. The 34-page publication uses Ceros page-turning technology and incorporates video, audio and animation into the pages and is seen by 176,407 people each week, a 15.5% increase year on-year.
Bill Borrows, Editor of talkSPORT Magazine, said: “If the men's market is supposed to be in decline then nobody has told our readers. They have been coming to our magazine in increasing numbers since we launched and we are delighted. The feedback has gone through the roof and we look forward to making the magazine even better.”
Meanwhile, England cricketer Andrew Flintoff is to guest edit a special Ashes edition of free weekly Sport magazine, featuring specially commissioned pieces on darts, motorbikes and base jumping, to coincide with the start of the first Test against Australia.
Sport, which ceased publication for two months earlier this year before returning in June, has always previously been distributed on a Friday. The title was acquired by UTV Media in May and relaunched last month after French parent company Sport Media & Strategie went into administration. Sport distributed 317,209 copies each week in the second half of 2008, according to the latest figures.
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