Absolute Radio drops football commentaries

Rock N Roll Football is making a comeback to Saturday afternoons at Absolute Radio as the station ends live commentary.

The station has decided to not bid for Premier League rights ending a six year run of live coverage.

Comedian Rob Beckett is joining Arsenal and England legend Ian Wright to host the new look show on Saturday afternoons throughout the 2016/17 Premier League season.

The new show will see Beckett, Wright and Matt Dyson (newsreader on the Christian O’Connell Breakfast show) deliver all of the goals, news and reaction to the Saturday games alongside fan phone in features.

Absolute Radio Content Director Paul Sylvester said: “We’ve had a great six years of live Barclays Premier league commentary and we’re now taking the show in a new direction. Absolute Radio’s audience want music, goals and comedy on Saturdays, so there’s no better pairing than Rob Beckett and Ian Wright. Alongside the rest of the team, we’re in a great position to build on our football entertainment proposition.”

Rock N Roll Football programming will kick-off every Saturday morning at 11am, straight after the Frank Skinner show, with OJ Borg joining the station to provide early kick-off updates and requests for fans travelling on the road to watch their teams. The show will also have a Sunday edition which will now be fronted by evening presenter and The ‘Football Ramble Podcast’ founding member, Pete Donaldson from 2-6pm.

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