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No more talk for Diamond

One half of the Diamond and de Andrade drive show on Edinburgh's talk107, Dominik Diamond, is leaving. He joined the station just 12 months ago from Xfm Scotland.

He will be replaced by Mark Donaldson, who has been with talk107 for 12 months as both the presenter of Friday Night Football and the station’s Head of Sport. He will present drive-time alongside Julie Coombe from Monday 28th July before being joined by regular drive-time co-presenter Marisa De Andrade from Monday 4th August.

Prior to joining talk107, Donaldson spent 10 years at Radio Forth where he was sports editor and chief commentator on Super Scoreboard. He has also commentated on Champions League matches for UEFA.com and wrote the critically acclaimed book ‘Believe!’ about Hearts.

On being awarded the drive-time presenter position, Donaldson said: “Alongside the breakfast show, drive-time is the most important show on a station’s roster so it’s a privilege to be given this opportunity. I’m excited at the prospect of being able to show the listeners that I know more than just football and sport.

“Marisa is a talented presenter and off-air we get along very well so I hope we can bring that chemistry in to the studio and make entertaining radio.”

On his decision to step down as a talk107 presenter, Diamond said: “It is with great sadness that I leave talk107. I have had a great time here with some cracking people and made probably the best radio of my career.

“But I’ve been doing the grind of daily radio for four years now in Scotland. It’s been fun and intense but I feel like a change. I have itches I still want to scratch in telly, I’ve just written my first book and even though this sounds like a wishy-washy Liberal Democrat thing to say, I have three lovely young kids and I really want to spend a bit more time with them, in spite of being a truly awful father.

“I wish the talented people at ‘talk Towers’ all the best for the future.”

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