Orion Media is ending its heritage of live football commentary this season on its Free Radio brand.
Sport coverage will continue on AM and FM including a new Free Radio 80s Saturday afternoon Goalzone programme with scores and comment, but commentary will not be provided due to costs and the ‘ever more varied fixture times’.
A spokesperson for Free Radio told RadioToday: “Free Radio still plans to own local sport, bringing the latest football news daily on Free Radio FM stations. On our Free Radio 80s station in Birmingham, on AM and DAB, Tom Ross will be hosting a new Saturday afternoon Goalzone programme with scores and comment; and he’ll be hosting his famous Friday evening Goalzone phone-in.
The station is to offer more sport coverage online, and has posted a message on its website about the return of coverage for the 2015/16 season.
The station adds: “We are also developing an increased range of unique digital content, from interviews to analysis, which will be distributed through our websites and on social media to equip us to deliver real depth and insight even more promptly.
“Owing to the costs and the challenge of integrating the ever more varied fixture times within our programming, we shall not be carrying live commentary this season.”
Bauer Media’s Radio City in Liverpool has also stopped local football commentary after 40 years for the upcoming season.