talkSPORT changes to 24 hour sport
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talkSPORT changes to 24 hour sport

talkSPORT will fully live up to its name from April 2nd when it switches to a 24 hour sports station.

It will offer breaking sports news both day and night and increase its coverage of international sports overnight.

Changes to the changes to the schedule from April 2nd also means George Galloway will leave the station, with The Sports Bar being extended to five nights a week

talkSPORT has been extending its sports focused output over the past couple of years, with Richard Keys and Andy Gray joining the station in February 2011 to take over the mid morning 10am to 1pm slot and The Sports Bar joining the schedule last September.

Moz Dee, talkSPORT programme director told “Turning talkSPORT into a 24 hour sports station is an exciting yet natural next step for us. We want to change expectations of overnight radio, focusing on up to the minute sport news and information from around the globe. It gives us a great opportunity to work with an international network of sports reporters covering everything from American sports to British teams and athletes competing on the other side of the world, and makes us the only UK station focused on sport all of the time.”

0 94 3533 07 March, 2012 Industry News Wednesday, March 7th, 2012


  1. Anthony Mop

    I work on a night shift with a team of 16 other people. We love Mike Graham’s show but as of April 2nd we shall be tuning elsewhere – even if it means having to find a speech and music station. This is one big decision Moz Dee will regret making, mark my words Mr Dee – you have taken the mouthpiece away from a huge amount of eclectic listeners who enjoyed talking about other things as well as sport. In addition, the station played a major role in being like ‘a friend’ to many elderly and lonely people who don’t sleep well at night. For making such a ludicrous decision as this Mr Dee, you deserve to lose millions of listeners – shame on you!

  2. Timbray1953

    there appears to be more people against the new 24 hour sport format than for it. they will loose listeners. thats bad for them.they dont get the benifits of a licence fee like the bbc.

  3. Isobel

    I loved my footy and all sports etc but find that each show is just covering the same gossip and news. The 1-6am spot was a good listen. I gave it a chance last night but after the first hour i had to switch off – it felt like a forced show. Alas I have now moved off to 5 live so I will be 1 less listener

  4. Eric-christie

    You have lost me thats for sure. Mike Graham should have been left alone to do his show  its the only good thing on here at night. You dont realise just how many listeners you will lose. Rod Sharrp it is from now on. I bet Mike aint happy about this

  5. Geoff Williams23

    What a shame that a wonderfull interactive  programe has been ruined and a lot of people will not have
    any entertainment after 12 All i could listen to was  american football /baseballand skate boarding     
    What next dominoes chess or even draughts I repeat what a shame

  6. Bph

    any change that gets rid of the self riicheous and if your winning an argument,ill cut you off george galloway and the you phone in and listen to me steve berry is fine with me.

  7. Tony

    I listened to the new Talk Sport on the first night. After an hour (after midnight) I turned it off to listen to Five Live as I found it boring. Who wants to hear about American Football, Basketball etc? Maybe 1% of the UK. Mike Graham is probably the best host of all channels, but I fear he will be scraping the barrel before much longer. I am glad Steve Berry has gone, he was 200% boring. He harped on too much about cars and motorcycles, and what he had done. I am surprised he didn’t mention how he pedalled a push bike up Everest, he seems to have done everything else. His short temper, and bad language to people who outsmarted him was not good. I will listen to Ronnie Irani & Alan Brazil, then switch off.

  8. Patburford

    I agree with nearly all of the comments, Talk sport over night was entertaining ,funny,and not always PC but it made good listening when you are working overnight or cant sleep because of health prob;ems etc.Sport is all very well in the day But there are other topics in the world.and some of the very varied and colourful characters that Phoned in i.e patricia,tommy nigel just to name a few that made my evening.Where will they go.I have listened to Talksport for more than 12 years and i.m sorry to say that i will now have to find another station or listen to tapes.Perhaps you will do well changing something that wasnt brokeen but I dont think I’ll wait to find out 

    1. Mandyc

       Well I would probably have put it a bit more eloquently but yes, that about sums it up – lol

  9. Sspagatner

    devastating! no more talk radio just sport! total inconsideration to the needs of people whi want to just talk about the thingsof life. What a shame!

  10. JazzyD

    I miss Talksport in the evening so much, I feel like I’ve lost many friends – the presenters and the audience gang like Nigel from Maidstone. Talksport carried me through several family deaths, like a friend in the dark nights, this has added to my grieving. Sport is not for me, it’s such a terrible decision. So gang please find the other talk station and we’ll meet again.

  11. JazzyD

    I’ve found LBC 97.3, the original talk station. Not as characterful as the old Talksport, but better than nothing. That’s where you’ll find me in the evening.

  12. The Duke

    Used to love the banter at night, shame. Tell me, who the hell is interested in yank baseball at 2 o’clock in the morning?! Rubish radio now, whoever made that decision needs firing forthwith. Off to LBC 97.3….

  13. Rlewis

    I have been listening to Talk Sport’s overnight shows for the last five years and what fantastic entertainment it has been. But now, well it may as well be called Talk Football as that’s all they chat about. I like football but hearing Man U have won a game about a dozen times in one night isnt my idea of entertainment. I don’t think Talk Sport will be Sony radio station of the year ever again

    To hear about candian ice hockey or other overseas sports news well who cares not me for one

    To lose all the overnight general chat shows is a great shame I have listened for a week since the change but I won’t be listening again , mike you should move to a different channel, your talents are wasted

  14. Paulchitty

    I will not be tuning in to talksport overnight anymore – yes,i love sport but i do not want to hear about it 24/7.The programmes with Mike Graham,Steve Berry etc have been wonderfully refreshing with many controversial and interesting topics aired. In particular,Mike Graham’s show was more like a meeting of close friends or family and i dearly miss listening to the contributions of Christine and Nigel.I am not alone in my opinions obviously and many many people will have been confused by such a decision as has been taken. 

  15. Eddrock79

    What a shame! If you Had the choice and liked sports from around the world would you not rather watch it in full, than listen to snipets of it? Personally I have listened to talk sports for years, never called in but really enjoyed the random chat at night! Now what to listen to?

  16. Ksranji

    Stupid decision. Mike Graham was good, he sounds so bored reading news about sport.  I didn’t listen to the fishing programme, but it was kind of good that they had one

  17. Davidjohnmarsden

    Talksport has lost a great deal of the attraction which gave nightime radio much diverse and some alternative listening.  Although some of the late night telephone contributors were often controversial or held strange views there was often excellent control from the presenters.  I now find the vast majority of the overnight broadcasts to be dull and repetative of subjects which are covered quite well at peak daytime listening . Personally I will retune to other stations at nightime.

  18. Tony Malcolm

    For Talk Sport read GEEK Sport. what kind of person can listen to people talkin about sport 24-7?
    I will be shuttling between LBC and Five live in future and less of what has become “anorack,train-spotting sport”.

  19. Mistykylie

    rubbish decision have changed to radio 5 who wants to hear about minority sports all night long bring back chat the regular callers are missed

  20. DavidEss77

     What an absolutely awlful decision!!

    Having presenters such as Mike Graham, Matt Forde and George Galloway provided much needed respite to all the sport during the day (I am a keen sports fan by the way). The late night shows helped entertain me and kept me going during night shifts that would have been extremely tedious although this won’t be as tedious as late night sport reports!!! :-(

    Off to LBC 97.3 for me ……

  21. Jeanwlkr9

    what a waste of a terrific presenter like Mike Graham who has an intelligent view on many subjects. This held the interest of a wide range of listeners who, like myself would return time and time again to your late night programme. You will have lost a vast listening public who like me are looking for a channel which has more to offer than wall to wall sport. A bad mistake by those in charge.
    J. Walker

  22. Timothysmith618

    Another listener lost ! I loved nightime shows but now 24 hour sport not for me . Think on talk sport

  23. tat n srap

    the end of free speech ?and the end of meny a good night with talk hosts that i felt i new ?im sure the idiots behind this will lose bizness ?but they know what they are doing ?they cant have free thought ?or fee debate in a police state goodby freedom

  24. Kamran Akram

    This station needed to open another frequency for nonstop talk it is essential to keep us all happy the station united the country cultures ethnicity and for drivers and truckers kept them awake bring it back or another 24 hour talk radio thank you it also be nice to have a new slot talk asia giving current affairs and chit chat in asian community with some asian and english language combination sponsored by asian businesses the station needs a new station called talk london talk radio united thank you and bring James Whale and Mike Mc Dosar back

    thank you talk radio and talk sport so boring at night we need a new 24 hour talk radio

    Thank You

  25. ian mirfin

    big mistake talksport i loved fri sat nights phone ins george galloway and when you got a northern lad on steve berry i was well made up.dont listen to big headed keys and grey preferered porky parry and andy townsend .ian from eccles

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