There are more changes at Radio City in Liverpool as the station reportedly decides to end commentary of local football matches.
The station has been big supporters of both Liverpool-based clubs, Liverpool FC and Everton FC since it started broadcasting in 1974 and has spent the last 40 years providing commentary on most if not all games.
But the Liverpool Echo has reported Bauer has pulled the plug on the service as part of the restructuring at the station, which we can only assume includes the proposal to put City Talk on AM and Radio City 2 on FM. Instead, two, one hour long shows will air on a Monday and Friday to cover the local football scene.
City Talk’s current Ofcom Format says it will carry dedicated live match commentary separate from Radio City when appropriate, but Bauer has just submitted a request to have this removed.
Radio City has told RadioToday the changes are due to the changing world in which its listeners access sports content, and that any chances will be from the start of the upcoming season.
Here’s the statement in full: “Radio City has approached regulator – OFCOM – with proposals to offer listeners in Liverpool a broader offering across its radio stations in the city, a significant additional investment in local content and a switch of its popular Radio City 2 station onto the FM waveband.
“As part of these proposals it is committing to invest more than ever in sport content across Radio City and Radio City Talk.
“These changes have been made to reflect the changing world in which its listeners access sports content and the changing shape and time of Premiership fixtures as television schedules increasingly influence match times away from the traditional Saturday afternoon timeslot. As a result it has taken the decision to replace live match commentary with a wide range of live sport shows. The new look schedules for the 2015/2016 will not only include already iconic shows like ‘Saints and Snods’, but a wealth of new shows that will offer the people of Liverpool more of what they love – expert opinion, banter and its unique brand of insight into the exciting world of Premier League football on Merseyside.”