talkSPORT has revealed its talented line-up for the new Premier League season.
talkSPORT is set to broadcast more than 120 live and exclusive Premier League games this season as radio becomes the main way for fans to access free-to-air Premier League action. talkSPORT also continues as the exclusive radio broadcaster of EFL league and cup matches.
The station will once again broadcast matches live at 12.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm on Saturdays between September and May as part of the station’s GameDay coverage, fronted by Reshmin Chowdhury and including Adrian Durham, Faye Carruthers and talent from across the schedule.
In other programming changes, Darren Bent expands his role across the schedule hosting a new Friday Drive show alongside Andy Goldstein and his own new show, Darren Bent's Boot Room, with all the GameDay reaction and where he will also discuss the best boots on the market and the flair of his own wardrobe which boasts over 10,000 shoes, on Sundays at 5pm-8pm. Another former Premier League player Jamie O’Hara takes the lead for GameDay Countdown on Friday nights (7pm-10pm).
talkSPORT’s newly appointed England Correspondent and host of Women’s Football Weekly, Faye Carruthers, gets the Saturday night slot to digest all of the GameDay action at 7-9pm, alongside former Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor who joins the talkSPORT team.
Natalie Sawyer takes over the Weekend Sports Breakfast slot with Tony Cascarino to lead up to all the GameDay action on a Saturday at 6am-9am.
And with Natalie moving to Weekend Breakfast, Simon Jordan has extended his role on the station to four days a week alongside Jim White at 10am-1pm, giving listeners more breaking news and heavyweight opinion on the business side of the beautiful game. They will be joined by Danny Murphy on Mondays and Trevor Sinclair on Wednesdays.
Ade Oladipo will also be a part of the station’s centrepiece GameDay programming and will have a new weekday show The Social on talkSPORT 2, airing at 1pm-5pm, whilst British singer and songwriter Chelcee Grimes hosts a new series 'My Unsung Hero' on the driving force behind the success of superstars and those behind the scenes that helped get them to where they are today. Danny Kelly is back on the popular Trans Euro Express podcast, with pundits including European football expert Andy Brassell looking back on all the footballing action from the continent.
Meanwhile former England cricket star and talkSPORT pundit Steve Harmison hosts ‘After The Lights Go Out’ with Former Premier League footballer and championship boxer Leon McKenzie in a new series that explores life after retirement and mental health in former sports stars.
Plus, second series have been commissioned for ‘Up Front With’, the show that profiles the best strikers in football and ‘Fight of My Life’ on fights that defined boxers’ careers plus bespoke documentaries produced on Mike Tyson's controversial life, The Man on the Blue Bucket, Marcello Bielsa, and a special tribute show to Bobby Charlton - Football's Original Superstar, including Rio Ferdinand.
In March, talkSPORT Breakfast got bigger, with Laura Woods taking the chair from Monday to Wednesday, joined by other familiar talkSPORT voices including Ally McCoist, with legendary broadcaster Alan Brazil and friends taking listeners into the weekend on Thursdays and Fridays.
Head of talkSPORT Lee Clayton said: “This year we’ve freshened up the schedule and bolstered our top-class team of pundits and presenters, whilst continuing to grow our specialist documentaries and in-depth programming to get listeners into the dressing rooms and the minds of the nation’s favourite sports stars. Through our GameDay coverage, talkSPORT will deliver live coverage from the first kick to the final whistle on Saturdays and our programming across the wider schedule will give listeners the very best insight, opinion and entertainment from across the sporting world.”