talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 have been awarded the right to broadcast three Premier League UK live audio packages for the next three football seasons, starting with 2016/17.
The other five (out of eight packages available) have been awarded to BBC Radio 5 live.
This new partnership means that talkSPORT becomes the only national commercial radio station to carry live English Premier League commentary, following Absolute Radio’s decision to end live games.
The brand has retained exclusive Premier League audio rights to broadcast 28 Sunday afternoon matches each season, which usually kick-off at 1.30pm or 2.15pm. The station has also retained its right to broadcast 28 Saturday late afternoon matches, which usually kick off at 5.30pm.
The third package awarded – which offers exclusive audio rights to specific Premier League matches at 3pm on Saturday afternoons – will be played out on talkSPORT 2.
Scott Taunton, Chief Operating Officer at talkSPORT’s owner Wireless Group, said: “We are very pleased that talkSPORT has been awarded three of the Premier League’s live audio packages, giving us the opportunity to play out more live Premier League football for our listeners than ever before.
“Becoming the only national commercial radio station to offer access to live Premier League commentary demonstrates our ongoing commitment to producing quality football coverage, fronted by a range of talented and credible presenters.
“It is also a huge bonus for us to have a package awarded that can be played out on our new digital station talkSPORT 2. The station has already made a name for itself, broadcasting a range of live sport and including coverage which hasn’t had a home on British radio before. Adding live Premier League coverage to this profile cements its credibility and authority in live football commentary.”