talkSPORT extends Premier League rights

Published Thursday, 14 August 2014
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talkSPORT has extended its international partnership with the Barclays Premier League for an extra three years, until 2019 - and welcomed back Keys and Gray.

talkSPORT extends Premier League rights
Richard Keys and Andy Gray are also set to return to talkSPORT. (© UTV)

The UTV Media plc-owned radio station already had a four-year deal in place with the Premier League, which was due to expire at the end of the 2015/16 season.

On Thursday, , Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore welcomed the continuation of the partnership.

"talkSPORT has for many years produced high quality radio commentary of Barclays Premier League matches in the UK, and successfully extended this to an international audience when they became our first global audio licensee two seasons ago," he said.

"We are extremely pleased that we will continue this partnership and look forward to working with them as they make Barclays Premier League radio commentary available in more languages and to more countries around the world."

Scott Taunton, UTV Media plc Chief Operating Officer, added: "I'm pleased that talkSPORT's ever growing international audience will now be able to look forward to listening to our world class live coverage of the Barclays Premier League for a further three seasons."

The extension gives talkSPORT an exclusive package of international audio rights in all languages in all territories outside the UK and Ireland to provide official live commentary of all 380 matches.

It follows talkSPORT's highest ever listening figures in the UK, according to the latest RAJAR figures - with 3.4 million sports fans tuning in every week.

I'm delighted that Andy and I will continue working with the world's biggest sports radio station this season.

Richard Keys

The station has further announced a return to its airwaves for Richard Keys and Andy Gray from 6 September, with a brand new monthly show.

Keys said: "We'll ensure that we keep listeners across all the important news and interviews from the world of football and beyond."

Friday evenings will also see a new show hosted by former Republic of Ireland footballer Matt Holland - Kick-Off: Players' Lounge.

He will hear from the football managers and players set to hit the back pages, alongside features and analysis to give supporters the perfect start to the weekend.

Holland said: "Friday nights are a special time for both players and fans as the excitement begins to build for the weekend games ahead.

"I can't wait to get some fantastic exclusives from those preparing to be on the pitch to bring to talkSPORT listeners."

The new changes are in addition to those that the station announced last week.

Mike Tindall, former England rugby captain and 2003 Rugby World Cup winner, joins as a co-host on Colin Murray's show (weekdays 10am-1pm) each Monday.

Nottingham Forest boss and former England captain Stuart Pearce will commentate on the station's live football and feature across the station.

And former England midfielder Ray Wilkins joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (weekdays 6-10am) on Fridays. Plus Danny Kelly hosts a new show, The Season Ticket (Saturdays 9pm-12am).

talkSPORT Programme Director Liam Fisher said: "Last week we announced some fantastic new names to our line-up and it's a privilege to be confirming even more exciting changes to the talkSPORT schedule to make sure we're the best in the business."

© UTV News
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