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Old 01-07-2014, 15:52
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The Celtic nations will be involved in the Europa League on Thursday (although you wouldn't know that if you searched the fixtures for this week via the BBC's Digital text service), so I thought I'd start the thread for the 2014/15 season.

There's been no mention as to whether Radio Wales will provide commentary of Airbus UK's game on Thursday (Twenty20 is due to be covered), but I do see that Bangor City's game in Iceland will be on community station Radio Bangor.

Also, Radio Cymru's commentator Dylan Griffiths is now on that them there Twitter thing, he's @DylLlanfair.
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Old 01-07-2014, 15:59
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It's been widely reported by here are the key points released by BBC Radio 5 Live about their sports coverage earlier today:

- Dan Walker moves from Friday night to weekday afternoons to co-present a new show with Sarah Brett

- Mark Chapman will now present on Friday night, with Jonathan Overend presenting on Sunday afternoon

- Eleanor Oldroyd hosts a new 'Friday Sports Panel' show

- Georgie Thompson and Josh Widdicombe join the roster of presenters on 'Fighting Talk', while, Christian O'Connell is stepping down

- Jason Roberts has a new role with hosting some of the big football nights on 5 Live Sports Extra

- John Murray replaces Mike Ingham as chief football correspondent

- Mike Ingham will continue to present special programmes
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Old 01-07-2014, 16:12
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Thanks Ian for a creating a new Radio Football Commentators and Reporters thread for the new season. This is something I always do as my first post in the new thread each season, so as a means of resource I'm posting a full and updated list of the previous threads detailing radio football coverage from past seasons:

Football Coverage 2006-07
Football Commentators and Reporters 2007-2008
Radio Football Commentators and Reporters 2008-2009
Radio Football Commentators and Reporters 2009-2010
2010 World Cup Commentators & Coverage
Radio Football Commentators and Reporters 2010/11
Radio Football Commentators and Reporters 2011/12
Euro 2012 Coverage (inc. BBC, talkSPORT and Absolute Radio)
Radio Football Commentators and Reporters 2012/13
Radio Football Commentators and Reporters 2013/14 season
2014 World Cup - Radio Coverage
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Old 01-07-2014, 16:29
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This was the situation in the Premier League last season regarding local radio commentaries...

Arsenal - no local commentary
Aston Villa - BBC WM/Free Radio 80s
Burnley - BBC Radio Lancashire
Chelsea - no local commentary
Crystal Palace - BBC London
Everton - BBC Radio Merseyside/Radio City
Hull City - BBC Radio Humberside
Leicester City - BBC Radio Leicester
Liverpool - BBC Radio Merseyside/Radio City
Manchester City - BBC Radio Manchester
Manchester United - no local commentary
Newcastle United - BBC Radio Newcastle
Queens Park Rangers - BBC London
Southampton - BBC Radio Solent
Stoke City - BBC Radio Stoke/Signal
Sunderland - BBC Radio Newcastle
Swansea City - BBC Radio Wales/Swansea Sound
Tottenham Hotspur - BBC London
West Bromwich Albion - BBC WM/Free Radio 80s
West Ham United - BBC London

...do we know if this is to change for the coming season?

Do correct me if I'm wrong above!

Same for the Championship...

Birmingham City - BBC WM/Free Radio 80s
Blackburn Rovers - BBC Radio Lancashire
Blackpool - BBC Radio Lancashire
Bolton Wanderers - BBC Radio Manchester/Tower FM
Bournemouth - BBC Radio Solent
Brentford - BBC London
Brighton & Hove Albion - BBC Sussex
Cardiff City - BBC Radio Wales
Charlton Athletic - BBC London
Derby County - BBC Radio Derby
Fulham - BBC London
Huddersfield Town - BBC Radio Leeds
Ipswich Town - BBC Radio Suffolk
Leeds United - BBC Radio Leeds
Middlesbrough - BBC Tees
Millwall - BBC London
Norwich City - BBC Radio Norfolk
Nottingham Forest - BBC Radio Nottingham
Reading - BBC Radio Berkshire
Rotherham United - BBC Radio Sheffield
Sheffield Wednesday - BBC Radio Sheffield
Watford - BBC Three Counties
Wigan Athletic - BBC Radio Manchester/Wish FM
Wolverhampton Wanderers - BBC WM/Free Radio 80s

...and League One

Barnsley - BBC Radio Sheffield
Bradford City - The Pulse
Bristol City - BBC Radio Bristol
Chesterfield - BBC Radio Sheffield/Peak FM
Colchester United - BBC Essex
Coventry City - BBC Coventry & Warwickshire
Crawley Town - BBC Surrey
Crewe Alexandra - BBC Radio Stoke
Doncaster Rovers - BBC Radio Sheffield
Fleetwood Town - BBC Radio Lancashire
Gillingham - BBC Radio Kent
Leyton Orient - BBC London
Milton Keynes Dons - BBC Three Counties
Notts County - BBC Radio Nottingham
Oldham Athletic - BBC Radio Manchester
Peterborough United - BBC Radio Cambridgeshire
Port Vale - BBC Radio Stoke
Preston North End - BBC Radio Lancashire
Rochdale - BBC Radio Manchester
Scunthorpe United - BBC Radio Humberside
Sheffield United - BBC Radio Sheffield
Swindon Town - BBC Radio Wiltshire
Walsall - BBC WM
Yeovil Town - BBC Somerset

And finally, League Two...

Accrington Stanley - BBC Radio Lancashire
AFC Wimbledon - BBC London (if they have ever done a commentary)
Burton Albion - BBC Radio Derby
Bury - BBC Radio Manchester
Cambridge United - BBC Radio Cambridgeshire
Carlisle United - BBC Radio Cumbria
Cheltenham Town - BBC Radio Gloucester
Dagenham & Redbridge - BBC Radio Essex
Exeter City - BBC Radio Devon
Hartlepool United - BBC Radio Newcastle
Luton Town - BBC Three Counties
Mansfield Town - BBC Radio Nottingham
Morecambe - BBC Radio Lancashire
Newport County - BBC Radio Wales/Newport City Radio
Northampton Town - BBC Radio Northampton
Oxford United - BBC Radio Oxford
Plymouth Argyle - BBC Radio Devon
Portsmouth - BBC Radio Solent
Shrewsbury Town - BBC Radio Shropshire
Southend United - BBC Radio Essex
Stevenage - BBC Three Counties
Tranmere Rovers - BBC Radio Merseyside
Wycombe Wanderers - BBC Three Counties
York City - BBC Radio York
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Old 01-07-2014, 16:39
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UTV Radio-owned stations Peak FM, Tower FM and Wish FM provide commentaries on Chesterfield, Bolton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic respectively (or at least did last season). But aside from that I think your list is correct.

...as I see you've edited into the list above!
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Old 01-07-2014, 17:41
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And finally, League Two...

Newport County - BBC Radio Wales/Newport City Radio
NCR were only able to do commentaries of games last season up until February as there was a big delay in getting the Newport County website standardized with other FL clubs.

NCR commentaries still exists, but now only through the 'Exiles Player' on the Newport County website.

This was the situation in the Premier League last season regarding local radio commentaries...

Swansea City - BBC Radio Wales/Swansea Sound
chi di anghofio Radio Cymru!
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Old 02-07-2014, 12:15
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I have a couple of hopes for our two main national radio stations that cover football in the coming season.

BBC Radio 5 Live: Now that they've finally bit the bullet and have done a number of off-tube commentaries on World Cup games in Brazil, which is something they were previously very reluctant ever to do, I'd like to see them become a bit more open to the concept of off-tubing. Now I'm not arguing that they should do any more off-tube commentaries in the future, but having off-tube reports on games involving British teams that they currently don't cover because of the expense involved in having an on-site presence would be welcome. In recent seasons, often 5 Live would not provide progress reports on away Europa League ties for English league clubs, most European games for Scottish league clubs and many away World Cup/Euro qualifiers or international friendlies involving the Celtic national teams, presumably due to the travel expenses and/or the rights fees involved. While not the ideal scenario, having Radio 5 Live providing off-tube updates on these games would be a big improvement on just having someone not watching those matches giving the occasional scoreflash as routinely happens at present.

talkSPORT: I'd like to see them keep alive the talkSPORT Extra platform they launched to air commentaries on the eight simultaneous final World Cup group phase games they couldn't accommodate on their main platforms, with this not just being a secondary stream on their website but also being made available on the TuneIn radio app too. I believe that having an alternative stream available on TuneIn could come in useful during the new season and I'd like to see it used for opt-outs whenever possible. For a start, the weekly Bundesliga commentaries their talkSPORT Live international service produces could be housed on talkSPORT Extra as well as Bundesliga Radio English, and after they trialled doing a couple of Real Madrid commentaries on the main station last year, I wonder if it would be viable to come to a similar arrangement to produce weekly La Liga commentaries for this platform too. They've also done online opt-out commentaries on Premiership rugby union games (which haven't always been broadcast online seamlessly) in past seasons and these could be housed on talkSPORT Extra in the future, with them perhaps doing them a bit more often. This would be good ahead of next year's Rugby World Cup, where should they secure rights I'd imagine an alternative platform would be necessary for matches that clash with their live football coverage.
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Old 03-07-2014, 19:46
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BBC Radio Foyle

Derry City v Aberystwyth Town (UEFA Europa League 1st qualifying round 1st leg) - Dessie McCallion (host) commentary from Eric White, Declan Devine and occasionally Liam Coyle (93.7FM / Online)

BBC Radio Wales

Airbus UK Broughton v FK Haugesund (UEFA Europa League 1st qualifying round 1st leg) - Dylan Griffiths and Marc Lloyd Williams (2nd half commentary)

Commentary of the above has taken over from the Middlesex v Glamorgan Twenty20 cricket due, as Edward has just explained, the ISDN equipment braking down.

Marc will also have to show some neutrality as he has played for both sides!
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Old 08-07-2014, 19:32
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Better late than never - I was enjoying dinner in Malta while this was being played:

BBC Radio Scotland, 3/7/14

Richard Gordon presenting Sportsound from Pittodrie on 810MW.

Europa League 1st Qualifying Round
Aberdeen v FK Daugava Riga (7.45pm) - Rob Maclean, Billy Dodds and Willie Miller (commentary) with Jim Spence pitchside
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Old 10-07-2014, 19:14
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BBC Radio Wales

Bangor City v Stjarnan (UEFA Europa League 1st qualifying round 2nd leg) - Dylan Griffiths (updates)

BBC Radio Foyle

Aberystwyth Town v Derry City (UEFA Europa League 1st qualifying round 2nd leg)

Dessie McCallion (studio host) commentary from Eric White and James O'Toole (Press officer) (93.7FM / Online)
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Old 13-07-2014, 11:29
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Back on June 9th, it was reported that the Pulse had renewed their commentary deal with Bradford City. I think this was the earliest announcement on local football rights.

Yesterday, when I tuned to Radio Leeds, I noticed Tim Steere was covering the match between Guiseley and Bradford City.
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Old 13-07-2014, 18:25
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BBC Leicester have decided to "Refresh" the format for this season, and have not renewed former player and Co - commentator Alan Young's contract.

A decision which has gone down like a lead balloon with the locals.

We're not happy!

http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/Al...ail/story.html
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Old 14-07-2014, 15:12
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Premier League TV selections until the end of November have been released. Obviously impact on the BBC, talkSPORT and Absolute: http://www.premierleague.com/en-gb/n...-released.html
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Old 14-07-2014, 17:15
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BBC Leicester have decided to "Refresh" the format for this season, and have not renewed former player and Co - commentator Alan Young's contract.

A decision which has gone down like a lead balloon with the locals.

We're not happy!

http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/Al...ail/story.html
That's a shame-- the commentaries I've heard from him have always been really good.
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Old 14-07-2014, 22:39
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Premier League TV selections until the end of November have been released. Obviously impact on the BBC, talkSPORT and Absolute: http://www.premierleague.com/en-gb/n...-released.html
talkSPORT's live Premier League games between August and November will be:

Saturday 16 August - Arsenal v Crystal Palace
Sunday 17 August - Liverpool v Southampton
Saturday 23 August - Everton v Arsenal
Sunday 24 August - Hull City v Stoke City OR Tottenham Hotspur v Queens Park Rangers*
Saturday 30 August - Everton v Chelsea
Sunday 31 August - Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool
Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 September - No games (international weekend)
Saturday 13 September - Liverpool v Aston Villa
Sunday 14 September - No game
Saturday 20 September - West Ham United v Liverpool
Sunday 21 September - Leicester City v Manchester United AND possibly also Everton v Crystal Palace (4pm)**
Saturday 27 September - Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur
Sunday 28 September - No game
Saturday 4 October - Aston Villa v Manchester City
Sunday 5 October - Manchester United v Everton (12noon) AND Chelsea v Arsenal (2.05pm)
Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 October - No games (international weekend)
Saturday 18 October - No game
Sunday 19 October - Queens Park Rangers v Liverpool***
Saturday 25 October - Swansea City v Leicester City
Sunday 26 October - Burnley v Everton
Saturday 1 November - No game
Sunday 2 November - Manchester City v Manchester United***
Saturday 8 November - Queens Park Rangers v Manchester City
Sunday 9 November - West Bromwich Albion v Newcastle United OR Sunderland v Everton****
Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 November - No games (international weekend)
Saturday 22 November - Arsenal v Manchester United
Sunday 23 November - Crystal Palace v Liverpool***
Saturday 29 November - Sunderland v Chelsea
Sunday 30 November - Southampton v Manchester City AND possibly also West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal*****

All of these games will kick-off in talkSPORT's usual timeslots of 5.30pm on Saturdays and 1.30pm on Sundays unless stated.

Notes:
*Tottenham v QPR has been moved to a 1.30pm kick-off time on Sunday 24 August due to Tottenham's Europa League game on the preceding Thursday. It wouldn't surprise me if this game was picked by talkSPORT rather than the TV selection of Hull v Stoke, which going by last season's precedent may then default over to Radio 5 Live.

**Everton v Crystal Palace has been moved to a 4pm kick-off time on Sunday 21 September due to Everton's Europa League game on the preceding Thursday. With the televised 4pm game of Manchester City v Chelsea almost certain to be Radio 5 Live's pick, going by last season's precedent from League Cup Final day there is a good chance that the non-televised game in that timeslot may default over to talkSPORT.

***The games I have noted with three stars both involve clubs that are participating in the Champions League, so in the event of those teams playing on Wednesday in the preceding weeks then these games may be moved to another day and/or kick-off time.

****Sunderland v Everton has been moved to a 1.30pm kick-off time on Sunday 9 November due to Everton's Europa League game on the preceding Thursday. As above, talkSPORT could opt for it over the televised game in that timeslot of West Brom v Newcastle and whichever match they don't pick may be on Radio 5 Live.

*****Southampton v Manchester City on Sunday 30 November is scheduled for the usual kick-off time of 1.30pm at present, but would move to a 2.05pm kick-off in the event of Arsenal being in the Europa League and playing on the preceding Thursday. In which case, West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal would move from taking place on Saturday 29 November at 12.45pm to the following day with a 12noon kick-off.

The television picks have produced some strong live commentaries for talkSPORT, with almost all of their games involving at least one of the top six or seven teams in the Premier League including a North London derby, Arsenal's matches with Everton, Chelsea and Manchester United, Tottenham v Liverpool, Manchester United v Everton and possibly the Manchester derby. talkSPORT will be hoping Manchester City will be playing their Champions League game on the Tuesday during the last week of October!
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talkSPORT's live Premier League games between August and November will be:

Saturday 16 August - Arsenal v Crystal Palace
Sunday 17 August - Liverpool v Southampton
Saturday 23 August - Everton v Arsenal
Sunday 24 August - Hull City v Stoke City OR Tottenham Hotspur v Queens Park Rangers*
Saturday 30 August - Everton v Chelsea
Sunday 31 August - Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool
Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 September - No games (international weekend)
Saturday 13 September - Liverpool v Aston Villa
Sunday 14 September - No game
Saturday 20 September - West Ham United v Liverpool
Sunday 21 September - Leicester City v Manchester United AND possibly also Everton v Crystal Palace (4pm)**
Saturday 27 September - Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur
Sunday 28 September - No game
Saturday 4 October - Aston Villa v Manchester City
Sunday 5 October - Manchester United v Everton (12noon) AND Chelsea v Arsenal (2.05pm)
Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 October - No games (international weekend)
Saturday 18 October - No game
Sunday 19 October - Queens Park Rangers v Liverpool***
Saturday 25 October - Swansea City v Leicester City
Sunday 26 October - Burnley v Everton
Saturday 1 November - No game
Sunday 2 November - Manchester City v Manchester United***
Saturday 8 November - Queens Park Rangers v Manchester City
Sunday 9 November - West Bromwich Albion v Newcastle United OR Sunderland v Everton****
Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 November - No games (international weekend)
Saturday 22 November - Arsenal v Manchester United
Sunday 23 November - Crystal Palace v Liverpool***
Saturday 29 November - Sunderland v Chelsea
Sunday 30 November - Southampton v Manchester City AND possibly also West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal*****

All of these games will kick-off in talkSPORT's usual timeslots of 5.30pm on Saturdays and 1.30pm on Sundays unless stated.

Notes:
*Tottenham v QPR has been moved to a 1.30pm kick-off time on Sunday 24 August due to Tottenham's Europa League game on the preceding Thursday. It wouldn't surprise me if this game was picked by talkSPORT rather than the TV selection of Hull v Stoke, which going by last season's precedent may then default over to Radio 5 Live.

**Everton v Crystal Palace has been moved to a 4pm kick-off time on Sunday 21 September due to Everton's Europa League game on the preceding Thursday. With the televised 4pm game of Manchester City v Chelsea almost certain to be Radio 5 Live's pick, going by last season's precedent from League Cup Final day there is a good chance that the non-televised game in that timeslot may default over to talkSPORT.

***The games I have noted with three stars both involve clubs that are participating in the Champions League, so in the event of those teams playing on Wednesday in the preceding weeks then these games may be moved to another day and/or kick-off time.

****Sunderland v Everton has been moved to a 1.30pm kick-off time on Sunday 9 November due to Everton's Europa League game on the preceding Thursday. As above, talkSPORT could opt for it over the televised game in that timeslot of West Brom v Newcastle and whichever match they don't pick may be on Radio 5 Live.

*****Southampton v Manchester City on Sunday 30 November is scheduled for the usual kick-off time of 1.30pm at present, but would move to a 2.05pm kick-off in the event of Arsenal being in the Europa League and playing on the preceding Thursday. In which case, West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal would move from taking place on Saturday 29 November at 12.45pm to the following day with a 12noon kick-off.

The television picks have produced some strong live commentaries for talkSPORT, with almost all of their games involving at least one of the top six or seven teams in the Premier League including a North London derby, Arsenal's matches with Everton, Chelsea and Manchester United, Tottenham v Liverpool, Manchester United v Everton and possibly the Manchester derby. talkSPORT will be hoping Manchester City will be playing their Champions League game on the Tuesday during the last week of October!
The league cup final weekend last season when TS took the secondary 4 PM premier league game was a one-off wasn't it? there were other times during the season when there were 2 games kicking off at 4 PM on Sunday because of Europa League and TS didn't broadcast the non-5Live game. at the time, we speculated that as these game were often going up against games involving 1 or 2 of the top teams, they decided to stick with their usual programming rather than broadcasting a less attractive fixture. One example I can remember was a Sunday in November last season when 5Live broadcast commentary of Man Utd v Arsenal and the other 4 PM commentary (Swansea v Stoke) wasn't covered by TS even though it is likely they could have done so had they chosen to. understandable decision from TS in that instance from a commercial viewpoint, so I wouldn't necessarily expect TS to hoover up any 4 PM games on clashing Sundays unless they are reasonably attractive fixtures. 5Live rightly took the options when available of covering the secondary 1:30 games instead of their usual discussion format.
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Old 15-07-2014, 17:48
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The New Saints of Oswestry [sic] v ŠK Slovan Bratislava (UEFA Champions League 2nd qualifying round 1st leg)

BBC Shropshire - Adam Green (studio host) Nick Southall and Scott Harris (All frequencies / Online)
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Old 15-07-2014, 20:10
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Weston-super-Mare v Newport County (pre-season friendly) - Simon Davies (via phone) for BBC Radio Wales.
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Old 15-07-2014, 20:42
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BBC Radio Scotland, 15/7/14

Jim Spence presenting Sportsound on 810MW, with Pat Bonner* and Chick Young in Glasgow, and Michael Grant in Reykjavik.

UEFA Champions' League second qualifying round
KR Reykjavik v Celtic (8pm) - John Barnes and Billy Dodds (commentary) with Brian McLaughlin pitchside

*Who has since decanted to the Sportscene TV studio.
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Old 15-07-2014, 23:45
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The league cup final weekend last season when TS took the secondary 4 PM premier league game was a one-off wasn't it? there were other times during the season when there were 2 games kicking off at 4 PM on Sunday because of Europa League and TS didn't broadcast the non-5Live game. at the time, we speculated that as these game were often going up against games involving 1 or 2 of the top teams, they decided to stick with their usual programming rather than broadcasting a less attractive fixture.
That's right Steve, although I'm think I'm right in saying that League Cup Final day was the last occasion in 2013/14 when there was more than one Premier League game taking place on Sunday at 4pm. The match in question was Aston Villa v Norwich City, not exactly the most attractive of games in itself and it was going head-to-head with a Tottenham fixture. So I think there is a possibility that talkSPORT could do commentary on Everton v Crystal Palace at 4pm on Sunday 21st September should we see the kind of scenarios we saw last season repeated.

Forgive me for diverging into territory perhaps better reserved for the non-football Radio Sports Commentators and Reporters thread, but looking at the weekend dates when talkSPORT won't be doing live Premier League commentaries between August and November, I wonder if these will provide a few opportunities to do Premiership rugby union commentaries on those afternoons instead.

I notice that the first international weekend of the season, Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th September, is also the first weekend of the Aviva Premiership season with the annual Twickenham double header - Saracens v Wasps and London Irish v Harlequins - taking place on the Saturday. As a fan of a lower league club who relies on their Around the Grounds service of a Saturday, personally I'd like it if they provided full commentary on both of those games on talkSPORT Extra with Matchday Live going out as usual on the main station, before second half commentary on the latter game (which is a 4.30pm kick-off) was simulcast on both platforms from about 5.15pm.

But it is the Sundays without live 1.30pm Premier League (or FA Cup) commentaries that provides the biggest gap in the talkSPORT schedule though, the 1-4pm Sunday Exclusive discussions that take their place in their absence can be a bit drab. I'd prefer it if on those occasions they opted to broadcast Premiership rugby union action, most likely the televised match in BT Sport's regular 2pm Sunday kick-off slot, in the absence of live football. Having checked, they should have the option of doing this on each of the five Sundays between August and November when there isn't a Premier League match taking place in their timeslot - all of them fall in Premiership weekends rather than European Rugby Champions Cup ones.

I had considered early round FA Cup matches providing a potentially decent alternative in the absence of Premier League commentaries (given how talkSPORT carried commentary on the MK Dons v AFC Wimbledon FA Cup tie during an international weekend a few seasons back), however First Round weekend is the 8th and 9th November when talkSPORT have Premier League commentaries on both days and Second Round weekend isn't until the 6th and 7th December, which is also a Premier League matchround (this also being the first weekend where the TV picks are yet to be determined).

For the record, talkSPORT didn't carry reports on KR Reykjavik v Celtic or any of the other Champions League qualifiers involving British clubs earlier tonight.
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Old 17-07-2014, 18:17
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BBC Radio Scotland, 17/7/14

Rob Maclean presenting Sportsound from Pittodrie on 810MW.

Europa League 2nd qualifying round
Aberdeen v FC Groningen (7.45pm) - Liam McLeod, Willie Miller and Billy Dodds (commentary) with Chick Young pitchside
Motherwell v UMF Stjarnan (7.45pm) - John Barnes and Craig Paterson
FC Luzern v St Johnstone (6.30pm) - Jim Spence
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Old 18-07-2014, 11:57
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Just as an aside It really is absolute nonsense that the FA Cup first round isn't a week later to co-incide with the blank international weekend. Apparently its OK for league one and two clubs to play league matches then but not cup ties. This would be a key change for any broadcaster attempting to re-launch the FA Cup.
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Old 18-07-2014, 22:58
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Sam Matterface is listed to be presenting all five editions of Kick Off next week (Danny Kelly has been covering for Mark Saggers on it this week), so any speculation that he'd be leaving talkSPORT after opting to work for ITV at the World Cup was unfounded. I believe this will be the first time he's been on the station since he commentated on the Championship Play-Off Final in late May, although he may have covered a few shows pre-World Cup.

We know Jim Proudfoot is staying on with talkSPORT beyond the World Cup - indeed he's listed to present Sunday Scoreboard over the next two weekends. But it'll be interesting to see how many commentary opportunities he is given in the new season and whether he or Matterface (or a combination of the two) gets to do the biggest games.

It does seem strange to think that not so long ago, Jim Proudfoot commentated on every Champions League game and Nigel Pearson commentated on almost every Premier League game (Ian Danter covered for him on a couple of occasions when he was ill) that aired live on talkSPORT between 2007 and 2009, while BBC Radio 5 Live had a 15/16 person strong football commentary roster. Over the last 12 months, talkSPORT have used 11 different football commentators - and that's before you get to their talkSPORT Live service - while following the retirement of Mike Ingham, Radio 5 Live now only have 6 or 7 football commentators who regularly work for them. How times change.
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Old 19-07-2014, 10:51
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5Live will have commentary of Blackburn/Cardiff on Friday 8th August. I hope this is a sign of things to come but sadly, I'm guessing it's just because there's little or no live sport on and the PL doesn't start until the week after
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Old 19-07-2014, 14:33
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5Live will have commentary of Blackburn/Cardiff on Friday 8th August. I hope this is a sign of things to come but sadly, I'm guessing it's just because there's little or no live sport on and the PL doesn't start until the week after
I suspected this might happen, seeing as there's no Premier League games taking place that weekend they can't exactly do their usual Premier League preview. The decision to make Mark Chapman their new Friday night host in lieu of Dan Walker's move to their weekday daytime schedule suggests it'll be more of the same on Fridays once the PL season is underway. But it's right to put commentary on the opening game of the Football League season on Radio 5 Live and it allows them to continue their Friday night Super League coverage on Radio 5 Live Sports Extra.

One thing I haven't seen much discussion about is the decision to appoint Jason Roberts as the new host of "big football nights" on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra. They haven't really had a regular presenter on 5LSE's football coverage since the mid 2000s when BBC Hereford & Worcester breakfast show host Howard Bentham anchored most of the live games on that station, despite having no involvement on 5 Live. Towards the end of the decade, it became a case of the main commentators doubling up as hosts of any Sports Extra Football broadcasts and over the past two seasons they've employed a new policy of mostly simulcasting the home team's BBC Local Radio commentary when broadcasting Football League games and early round FA Cup ties.

I hope the decision to have Jason Roberts hosting football coverage on Sports Extra doesn't spell the end of BBC Local Radio simulcasts on there, which personally I have really enjoyed over the past few years (it's always nice to hear coverage that wouldn't normally be available to you). But given that from 2014/15 onwards Radio 5 Live will be employing the standard one commentator, one co-commentator set-up on all but the very biggest games, seeing as they have a six or seven person commentary roster (Alan Green, John Murray, Conor McNamara, Ian Dennis, Alistair Bruce-Ball, Ian Brown and perhaps Jonathan Overend?) yet they will only be covering four Premier League games per weekend tops, it wouldn't surprise me if the station's management feel that producing their own commentaries on at least some of the two or three Championship games they can cover per weekend (those Friday night games plus the Saturday 12.15pm and 3pm double headers) is a good way of giving those contracted guys lower down their pecking order - particularly Bruce-Ball and Brown - the chance to commentate on games on a regular basis rather than just report on them. If this is going to happen, then I hope it isn't a universal policy and we still get some BBC Local Radio simulcasts - perhaps the local stations in question could even do joint broadcasts with Jason Roberts having a role in the coverage across both stations, or maybe he'll just be a studio-based links man.
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