Keys and Gray join talkSPORT

Disgraced TV presenters Richard Keys and Andy Gray are joining national radio station talkSPORT to present a daily show from next week.

The pair – who left Sky last month after off-air sexist remarks they made were broadcast – will host the 10am-1pm slot Monday to Friday.

They replace Mike Parry and Mike Graham – Parry resigned from the station last week and Graham will be moved to another unannounced slot.

Gray was fired by Sky Sports two weeks ago, 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. He said: "This is the start of something new and exciting for Andy and myself. We are delighted to be joining the talkSPORT family and can't wait to get going."

Gray had an illustrious playing career for Aston Villa, Wolves and Everton, and won 20 caps for Scotland during his career. He has been in broadcasting for nearly 20 years and is no stranger to radio as he was a match summariser for Talk Radio at the World Cup in France in 1998, and for Five Live at the Japan/South Korea World Cup in 2002. On joining talkSPORT, Gray said: "I can't tell you how excited I am about joining the talkSPORT team. It’s an ideal opportunity for Richard and me to do what we do best, and that’s talk about sport."

Last week, talkSPORT's audience figures hit 3 million for the first time. Moz Dee, talkSPORT programme director said: "This is great news for talkSPORT and we're very excited about the new programme and these additions to our strengthening line up. Andy and Richard are iconic broadcasters with massive TV careers who I know will have an impact on national radio, so it's great for the industry. This continues our commitment to investing in top talent and rights, and builds on our recent RAJAR success and our biggest audience ever."

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