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Old 25-03-2004, 17:30
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I personally went off the guy and as soon as Moyles started the breakfast slot I haven't been listening.

The following is lifted from talksport1089.co.uk who in turn borrowed it from the Daily Mail

talkSPORT have sacked Alan Brazil, co-presenter of The Sports Breakfast alongside Mike Parry, according to The Daily Mail Newspaper.

The former Ipswich and Scotland striker failed to appear for last Friday's show which he co-presents with Mike Parry. However Brazil's latest absence, after three day's presenting The Sports Breakfast from the Cheltenham Festival, finally tipped the balance for station boss Kelvin MacKenzie, who has become increasingly frustrated during the past 18 months with Brazil missing shows.

He received a number of written warnings from the station and have been concerned for some time about Brazil's champagne lifesyle, which has left him unfit to go on air a number of times. talkSPORT were also fed up with having to make excuses to listeners that their best paid anchor man at 200,000 a year, was unwell.

Brazil, currently on a skiing holiday, strongly defends his behaviour. He said "talkSPORT encouraged my social life, telling me to go here and there. There were times after a big do when, yes, I wasn't in the right shape to go on the radio."

"I admit I've missed shows during my four years at talkSPORT, but I believe my appearance record over that time compares favourably with other top presenters. I'm gutted that it's blown up with Kelvin. I wanted to carry on and I believe I had a genuine reason for not turning up last Friday. In my opinion talkSPORT have broken up their best partnership which was the main reason for listening to the station, I'm taking legal advice."

Patrick Kinghorn and Tony Cascarino, the station's drivetime hosts who are currently filling-in on The Sports Breakfast, could be in the frame to take over with Adrian Durham another possible replacement. However, talkSPORT's Spanish football correspondent Paul Breen-Turner is favourite to take over.
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Old 26-03-2004, 00:45
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i've noticed that he misses a lot of shows,always the excuse is that his bad back flared up.last friday mike parry claimed brazil was working for talksport somewhere else but failed to elaborate.shame as he was very funny.
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Old 26-03-2004, 07:54
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It's funny I was only thinking the other day that Brazil seems to have more 'sickies' than almost anyone I know.
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Old 27-03-2004, 09:07
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Will he be missed? I doubt it.

He was generally ill-informed on non-sking/footballing/horse-racing subjects. It was painful to hear him given items outside of his field of knowledge to have to tackle.

Recently, he interviewed Gaz Bushell about a tribute evening for the late Bob Monkhouse. "How is Bob?" Brazil asked. "Er..He died, Alan," Gaz replied. Porky had to come in to do a damage limitation job. Presumably, squirming?

In his back-four, I didn't think he had all that much unplanned time off? That said, all those 'breakdowns on the M999 and the colds and the food poisionings may have been down to other reasons?

Seeing the close on-air rapport they had, it took a caller asking him to make Parry utter a terse: "yes, Alan Brazil has left," response. So much for all their 'mateyness'. A simple "Alan Brazil has left the show," at the start of today's programme would have sufficed. Clearly, it doesn't matter who leaves, the tactics are to pretend they never existed.

All they have to do is to get rid of Parry now and they'll have a decent breakfast show to move forward with.
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Old 27-03-2004, 17:23
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Brazil getting the sack has just added to my Conspiracy Theory regarding Talk Sport. I have been thinking for a while they were going to change their name to Talk Arsenal and having an ex-Spurs players as their best presenter would not do.

If you ever listen to Adrian Durham and Patrick Kinghorn they are the biggest supporters of Arsenal you will ever see. Durham hides behind being a Peterboro fan but really he seems Arsenal through and through.

Up here in Scotland presenters support Partick Thistle and St Mirren to hide their Old Firm links and Durham is doing the same with Peterboro

As for Kinghorn, he is a shocker and should be sacked immediately. He only ever seems to Talk Arsenal and the station is getting a bit boring now.

I watch MUTV and sometimes get fed up with Pat Crerand being over the top about Man Utd but Talk Sport is worse about Arsenal.

Watch this space its only time before the previously great and unbiased talk sport changes its name to what it really is

TALK ARSENAL
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Old 27-03-2004, 17:49
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I thought it was a shame it ever became Talk Sport personally. It had a good list of presenters when it was Talk Radio, from old farts like Mike Dickin to young guys like Ian Collins to dorks like Tommy Boyd. The only presenter I've never been able to stand is James Whale. These days though, John Kearns is a piss poor replacement for Ian & the creatures, and Mike Dickin was far more entertaining at night than he is in the mornings (he's a funny guy when he gets the longer, slower moving shows). I still listen to Ian sometimes, and Charlie Wolf's show is a great listen whether I agree with him or not (just put him on every night), but it was really great a few years ago. I'm back to LBC most of the time now.
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Old 27-03-2004, 18:10
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I agree that Mike Dickin was better in the small hours. Broadcasting during the daytime format his undoubted humourous side is rarely allowed to come out. He only really gets two types of caller..The 'hang-'em' and 'burn'em' brigade and the 'yoghurt-knitters' who try to oppose him and usually get nowhere.

Charlie W. has turned his overnight show into a never-ending party political broadcast for George W. Bush and the U.S. invasion of Iraq. This has become so tedious it's made his show work better than general anaesthetic in putting you under these days.

James Whale is still worth a listen, as is Ian Collins and H and J during the day. CW should take a lesson from John Kearns in how to make late night radio entertaining. Mike Rutherford ain't bad, either.

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Old 27-03-2004, 18:40
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What happened to ceaser the geezer?Last i heard he was doing Capital Gold.Anyone know where he is now?
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Old 27-03-2004, 18:49
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Thank GOD BRAZIL HAS GONE NEXT MIKE PARRY I TURN ON TALKSPORT MOST DAYS . BUT BY GOD MIKE PARRY HAS TO GO I HAVE NEVER HEAR SO MUCH RUBBISH GO BACK TO THE PAPERS PARRY!!!!!! ON THE RADIO YOUR CRAP YAPPING ON ALL KINDS OF RUBBISH OF HOW GOOD HE IS WHERE HE IS SUNNING HIS FAT ASS I WILLL BE GLAD WHEN HE HAS GONE AND GET SOME NEW BLOOD IN TO TALKSPORT PARRY TAKE A HINT GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 27-03-2004, 18:54
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Bring back Wild Al Kelly.
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Old 27-03-2004, 18:55
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http://www.talksport.net/djs

Didnt waste much time in taking down his pic
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Old 27-03-2004, 18:58
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Quicker than Bill Young's.
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Old 27-03-2004, 19:57
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Originally Posted by Luca
Charlie W. has turned his overnight show into a never-ending party political broadcast for George W. Bush and the U.S. invasion of Iraq. This has become so tedious it's made his show work better than general anaesthetic in putting you under these days.
I disagree actually, it's like that caller that stays on for 15 minutes and just doesn't get it... Whenever Charlie talks about Bush/Israel/Iraq/Terrorism you get the same people, every time, making the same points that have been answered so many times, and it always blows up into something hilarious for me. What I like about Charlie though is that he's got strong opinions which he will back up reasonably well, as opposed to James Whale who has strong opinions, but they're based on such blatant ignorance I have to switch off.

Ian and possibly Mike Dickin are the only ones I'd go for a pint with, but Charlie does an entertaining show imo. When he was on during the week for Christmas and New Year he had more time to do different things, and it was good.

Any anyway, his Bush loving is no more annoying than the Bush hating. It's quite nice to have someone there saying something different actually.
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Old 27-03-2004, 20:29
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Charlie is a fine broadcaster, when he wants to be.

My personal view is that he's become lazy. The graveyard shift would make anyone so in the end. That's the very point I was making about Kearns. Instead of doing an MG or CW and taking call after call from the usual crackpots, insomniacs and security guards who tend to make up the majority of the contributors post-midnight, he actually goes out of his way to provide a thought-provoking radio show. His quiz sessions, his link ups with LA, his guests - well, they all make you want to listen. With Charlie, nowadays, it's just rant after Republican rant about Israel and Saddam Hussein. The callers will call in regardless, because callers are a breed alone. It's the listeners who suffer the eyes-drooping syndrome.
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Old 28-03-2004, 00:43
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Talksport1089, very wierd site. Is it totally independent in the same way that Pravda was completely independent of the Soviet government ?
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Old 28-03-2004, 03:43
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slightly off-topic,but i heard the famous'kelvin from sevenoaks'call on 505 on saturday.beecroft cut a caller short to let kelvin on to defend charlton,villa,curbishley and o'leary all in one paragraph without actually saying who he supported-beecroft let him ramble without interruption. i wonder if the beeb ever took a call from'greg in shepherds bush?'
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Old 28-03-2004, 08:42
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And the poor presenter who gets lumbered with him is presumably allowed to make no reference to the fact it's their boss ringing in. You'd have more respect for the call and the caller if Kelvin made it clear it was he, Kelvin the boss 'ere and not he, Kelvin the man-off-the-Orpington-omnibus 'ere. And I bet he doesn't ring in on the main number the other poor saps have to queue on.

Pity one of the many sacked ex-Talk Sport hosts such as Tommy Boyd didn't take the call..He could have asked Kelv a more difficult question; such as what 'ball-by-ball' coverage of Test cricket from the West Indies actually means in the Talk Sport dictionary.
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Old 28-03-2004, 16:22
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Hard to get rid of Parry isn't he programme manager or something at talkSPORT.
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Old 28-03-2004, 18:40
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Talksport1089, very wierd site. Is it totally independent in the same way that Pravda was completely independent of the Soviet government ?
I'd be interested to know why you think the site is weird? We're totally unofficial.
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Old 29-03-2004, 09:55
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I reckon Alan Brazil's sacking from TalkSport was a set-up. They let him loose at Cheltenham, then expected him to be up and at 'em at 5am on the Friday. They could have let him have the Friday off - they knew he'd be on the pop for 3 days and nights. McKenzie and Parry stitched him up.
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Old 29-03-2004, 10:07
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Thank heavens the idiot has gone. If I had to listen to one more story of his champagne fuelled lunches in expensive London restaurants that 95% of listeners have never heard of or care about I'd have gone mad! His constant talking of freebies and a life style well outside the pocket of most listeners was just boring! The last straw for me was a few weeks ago when he said that he had rung Ipswich for complimentary match tickets and had told them to forget it because he had been asked to go on a waiting list! The arrogance! And as for him saying in the Daily Mail piece that he and Parry were the top presenters! As far as I'm concerned you'd have to go a long way to better Hawksby and Jacobs for sheer entertainment. Good riddance!
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Old 29-03-2004, 10:32
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I agree. Brazil & Parrys ego trip was becoming boring.

Talksport has recently lost the plot. It should be renamed "Talk Racing". The Cheltenham thing was completely over the top. The pundits have become too focused on racing and the David Beckham Sven love in.

Durham should be given the Breakfast slot. Parry has become too repetitive
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Old 29-03-2004, 10:37
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FOOTBALL pundit Alan Brazil yesterday vowed to sue his bosses after being axed by radio station TalkSport for not turning up at work.

The former Scotland footballer slept in for his breakfast show last Friday after he spent three days at the Cheltenham Festival.

When he returned to work the following day, he was told by station chief Kelvin MacKenzie his contract would be changed.

Then 48 hours later, he was told he was too unreliable because of frequent bouts of sickness and ordered not to come back.

Yesterday Brazil, 45, who earned 200,000 a year, said: 'I will be speaking to my lawyer about this and I am planning to take this further.'

A source at the station said Brazil had gone AWOL several times in the last 18 months and had been given written warnings.

MacKenzie was said to have been concerned for some time that Brazil's fondness for a good night out often left him unfit to go on air at 6am.

The insider claimed MacKenzie was sick making excuses to listeners that their best-paid anchorman was unwell.

Brazil added: 'There is a lot I would like to say but I can't really do that because of the prospect of legal action against TalkSport.

'We had three great days presenting the show from the Cheltenham Festival last week.

'I slept in for work on the Friday and the next day I was told my contract would be changed.

'Then two days later, I was sacked. 'I expected to be back behind the mike on Monday morning but that was not to be. I feel Kelvin MacKenzie has acted very strangely in this. I don't know if I'd say that I feel hard done by but there is a lot more to this that I can't say at this time.

'Everyone in the media business knows what Kelvin is like.

'I am now giving it to my lawyers to handle.

'I have had four years at TalkSport and I have loved it. It has been great and I will miss it.

'I really did enjoy doing what I was doing and didn't want it to end.

'I'm not sure if they were looking for an excuse to get rid of me but I find this very strange.

'It is a shame that this has happened and, in my opinion, the station will be poorer for this.'

Glasgow-born Brazil played for Ipswich Town and Tottenham Hotspur as well as Scotland.

After his playing career ended, he found work as a pundit and soon gained a reputation as one of the best in the business.

He was signed up by TalkSport four years ago to present the breakfast show with Mike Parry.

Yesterday morning, Parry told Brazil's fans that his co-presenter had left the station and that the parting was 'amicable'.

Broadcaster Nicky Campbell's fourth daughter was born yesterday.

His wife, Tina Ritchie, gave birth to Isla who weighed 9lbs 8ozs at St Thomas' Hospital in central London.

Campbell, 42, said: 'Another little girl this stuff just gets better and better. It is so magical. Tina and I are full of love and she is absolutely beautiful.'

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Brazil nuts ALAN BRAZIL'S frank views and frequent gaffes have won him fans and enemies.

Two years ago he was heavily criticised for joking on air that a ship packed with asylum seekers should be sunk.

He was also rapped for saying regional accents were disappearing because of too many immigrants. And he once told listeners he was sad to hear of the death of John Shaw meaning John Thaw, star of Morse. When the mistake was pointed out, Brazil said: 'John, if you're listening, sorry mate.'

In another howler, he inquired about the health of Bob Monkhouse, only to be told: 'Alan, he died at Christmas'.

oh well, let the legal battle begin

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Old 29-03-2004, 11:07
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Not only did he make potentially racist remarks he was also sexist and very homophobic! Witness his comments about Claire Balding and comments about gay sportsmen.

I also agree that the Cheltenham thing was too much. Of course it needed to be reported on but to have the whole show given over to it was ridiculous. Brazil shamelessly promoted 'Alan Brazil Racing' and how many times did he mention that 'one of his girls' was trying to break into TV?

It will be interesting to see if Parry is any better as a presenter now that Brazil has gone. Cascarino is excellent but I'm afraid Kinghorn if far too opionated himself! Bring on Hawksby and Jacobs!
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Old 29-03-2004, 12:34
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Yes so Mr Parry is the seeker of truth and justice its a shame there is not a lot of this coming out from Talk Sport towers right now

Is it just me or do other people think that Patrick Kinghorne has been let loose without serving the necessary apprenticeship first ?

Also Mr Cascarino is ok his voice is easy on the ear but I wish he could string more than 1 sentence together

Finally Mr Parry was kidding himself if he thought the nation could stand his ramblings 6 days a week ...talk about over kill

Bring back Mr Brazil and do the show 3 days a week only otherwise there will be mass defection from the Sports Breakfast and Talk Sport
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