BBC Radio 5 live has signed former England cricket captain Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff to host a new podcast as the station launches a series of podcast first programmes.
Freddie is teaming up with former premier league footballer and 5 live regular Robbie Savage to host the new weekly podcast starting on Monday 13 February.
The pair will be joined by former Olympic table tennis player and sports journalist Matthew Syed. The podcast will be called Flintoff, Savage and the Ping Pong Guy. The three will discuss the week’s sporting talking points.
Freddie and Robbie say they are looking forward to airing their views and sounding off about whatever takes their fancy each week. Bringing some order to proceedings will be Matthew, who has written two bestselling books and has a regular column in a national newspaper.
Robbie says: “What a show it’s going to be. A great sportsman, a decent cricketer and a useful table tennis player – the perfect combination.”
Freddie adds: “I’m looking forward to having an intelligent conversation with Matthew. Robbie will be there too.”
Matthew says: “Sport has so many dimensions, so many talking points and vast potential for debate and disagreement, whether about psychology, ethics, officialdom, or whether Jose Mourinho is overrated. I’m going to make sure I get raw honesty from them, and know they won’t hold back from sharing personal experiences, and offering their viewpoints, even when they are unpopular.”
Listeners will be able to download the programme every Monday afternoon. A shorter version will be played out on BBC Radio 5 live at 10pm on Mondays.
This is just one in a series of new podcasts that BBC Radio 5 live is launching this year, including 5 live Rugby League and 5 live Rugby Union Weekly.
The BBC’s Rugby League correspondent Dave Woods will present the new 5 live Rugby League podcast from a different match each week. He will be joined by Rugby League’s most prominent coaches and players to discuss the biggest issues. This podcast also launches on Monday 13 February.
In 5 live’s Rugby Union Weekly, former England International Ugo Monye and BBC Sport’s Chris Jones will aim to dissect the week’s biggest national and international stories, including behind the scenes action from the Six Nations which starts this weekend. This podcast launched last week and is available now via the 5 live website.
And there is lots more to come, including by April, the first ever football podcast for kids.
BBC Radio 5 live controller Jonathan Wall says: “We want to continue to be a modernising force in UK radio. As well as delivering a dynamic live radio station, we have seen great success with our short form content on-line. Now we want to give podcast listeners a much greater choice and deliver more specialist magazine shows.
“The signing of Freddie, Robbie and Matthew for this new venture shows how ambitious we want to be. We have other ideas in development too so watch this space for more announcements.”