Colin Murray quits talkSPORT after News Corp deal
talkSPORT mid-morning presenter Colin Murray has quit the station citing the upcoming News Corp takeover as the reason.
Colin says potential future working relationships between talkSPORT and The Sun newspaper has made his position unsustainable. He references the Hillsborough disaster of 1989 by signing off his tweet with #JFT96.
The former Radio 1 and 5 live presenter is a big supporter of Liverpool FC.
He’s the second talkSPORT presenter to tweet that they are leaving the station in 24 hours, after Stan Collymore announced his contract had not been renewed.
Colin writes on Twitter: “I have resigned from my morning show on talkSPORT due to a change of ownership, with the Wireless Group being bought by News Corp.
While there are parts of News Corp that aren’t a problem, it is the inevitable future working relationship between talkSPORT and The Sun that has made my position unsustainable.
Commercially, I delivered all-time record ratings and creatively, I was left alone to mould a show of which I was intensely proud. I had been offered a new contract until 2019.
Sincere thanks to Scott, Liam, Steve, Dennie, Kathryn and those I’ve worked with, plus to my wonderful cast of co-presenters. I cannot thank you enough.
Most importantly, thanks for listening. My last show will be on September 2nd. I shall not be commenting further.”
The takeover of The Wireless Group by News Corp was announced earlier this month but has yet to be approved in the UK and Ireland.
talkSPORT confirmed the news to RadioToday, saying: “It is with much regret that, after three years of working with us, Colin Murray has taken the decision to move on from his presenting role at talkSPORT this September. Colin has been a fantastic asset to the station and, while we respect his decision, we will be very sorry to lose him. We wish him all the best for the future.”