Premier League commentary deals for talkSPORT and BBC 5 Live

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by Stephen Chapman

talkSPORT will be airing more Premier League coverage than ever before, winning 3 live audio packages for the next 3 seasons.

Part of the Wireless Group, it has also retained live Saturday and Sunday afternoon match deals and will broadcast 32 Saturday afternoon matches every season.

“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,” said Scott Taunton, chief operating officer at Wireless Group.

“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.”

MediaCityUK-based Radio 5 live, has also extended its commitment to Premier League commentary. The station will broadcast 144 games a season, more than its commercial rival.

“It’s great news that we can continue to bring our listeners the best live football coverage on the radio. We’re passionate about sport at BBC Radio 5 live, and I’m incredibly proud of the outstanding teams who consistently produce such insightful and engaging coverage of the Premier League,” said Jonathan Wall, controller of Radio 5 live.

“This is a great way to end what’s been a fascinating domestic football season, and we’re already looking forward to bringing our listeners all the best Premier League action next season. Before then though, we have a busy summer of sport ahead dominated by the European football championships, the Olympics and the Paralympics.”