A former editor of the Daily Sport, Burnley-born Livesey has belatedly carved out a successful BBC broadcasting career on both radio and TV. Initially as presenter of the Radio Lancashire breakfast show and then sport on North West Tonight, the 50-year-old grabbed his national chance when standing in on Radio 5 live’s late night show, eventually holding the slot for three years.

In recent months he’s been reporting for The One Show and fronting a range of different 5 live programmes, but as of October he’ll be taking over from Peter Allen on its high-profile drivetime show, alongside Anna Foster. All quite serious and respectable for the man who once headlined a Sport story about the murder of Gianni Versace with “Shoots You, Sir”.