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September 1, 2014

Keys and Gray quit talkSPORT for TV deal?

An online source has reported that one of talkSPORT’s biggest assets Keys and Gray have quit the station and are returning to TV.

twentyfour7football.com says the pair are moving to Qatar-based television channel Al Jazeera.

They’ll apparently host a once a week show covering the Premier League and the Champions League for the Middle East and for America.

All references to Keys and Gray have been removed from the talkSPORT website (UPDATE: They have now re-appeared), along with presenter profiles and twitter account. The weekday schedule now shows Kelly & Quinn from 10am till 1pm.

talkSPORT press office told RadioToday they wouldn’t comment on speculation but UTV Media (GB) Chief tweeted saying “Reports today that Andy Gray and Richard Keys have presented their last @talkSPORT show aren’t true. Watch this space for details in time.”

Keys and Gray joined talkSPORT in February 2011 to host the daily morning show.

They were hired by the UTV station after leaving Sky a month earlier after off-air sexist remarks they made were broadcast.

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Gray was fired by Sky Sports following comments the pair made about a female assistant referee. They weren’t broadcast during the match she was officiating in, but were later somehow leaked into the public domain. After the release of another previously un-broadcast incident featuring Gray, the former Scottish international player was sacked. Keys resigned later the same week after footage of him referring to a woman as ‘it’ were aired.

Keys began his career in radio as a sports editor on Piccadilly Radio in Manchester. Since 1992 he has been presenting on Sky Sports and fronted well over a 1000 games for the broadcaster.

During the last couple of years whilst they’ve been at the station, talkSPORT has seen record audience figures, rising over the 3m listener mark.

Posted on Sunday, June 9th, 2013 at 7:06 pm by .

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  • TP

    They’ve already been working for Al Jazeera for some time, haven’t they?!

  • Jambo

    This is putting 2 and 2 together and making 5. They are taking a summer break from talkSPORT just like the previous two years, and as TP says, they have been doing one show a week for Al Jazeera for at least two years.

    • MB

      Keys and Gray have presented their previous Al Jazeera shows from London, but Al Jazeera have now made a decision to close their London studios. As a result K & G will need to move to Qatar in order to continue with this TV work.

      That would make it difficult for them to also present their daily talkSPORT shows.

      It’s the closure of Al Jazeera’s London studios that has changed the situation.

  • david

    “Gray was fired by Sky Sports two weeks ago…”
    Do you mean two years ago?

  • open-the-bifrost

    I say good riddance to the sychophants, along with the 24st Danny Kelly they are men out of time. They genuinely will not be missed.

  • The sexist two

    Are they presenting the ” would you smash it” show on Al Jazera? The level of smugness will go down and the IQ up at TalkSport now