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Jonathan Wall Jonathan Wall | 09:29 UK time, Wednesday, 14 July 2010


Just hours after the Netherlands horror show, the editor and producer of 5 live Sport were sat in the office with me yesterday as we had our first planning meeting ahead of the new football season.

Sports report will be back in its full one-hour glory from Saturday August 14th. The team are already looking at ideas for enhanced football league news in the later part of the show as well as thinking about how they will round up the day's Premier League interviews, rugby union and racing. Mark Pougatch will host the whole Saturday programme from midday, including the Sports Report hour, from one of the main events of the day. For example, on the opening day, he will probably be at Wigan for Blackpool's first game of the season.

Also, our 606 producer Jo has been busy working up plans for the new 2-hour long Saturday night show (from August 14 at 6.06pm) which will be co-presented by Mark Chapman from our studio in London, and Robbie Savage from either a football ground or a BBC studio. On August 7th, we'll bring you live commentary of the biggest championship match on the opening day of the season - Derby County's visit to Leeds United - which is the early evening game. That means Robbie Savage will be hot-footing it directly from the dressing room to the microphone for the first show of the new season!

The first "Kicking off with Colin Murray", will be live from Blackpool on Friday August 13th. There will also be in-depth previews of the football league season on 5 live Sport in the week running up to the August 7th start date. And we'll keep running the 5 live Football Daily podcast right the way through, to keep you up to date on the build-up to the new season.

Those are some of the early headlines as the 5 live sport team move their attention from Cape Town to Swindon Town, and from England fatigue to the Premier League.

I will try to keep you updated.

Jonathan Wall is 5 live's Commissioning Editor

  • 5 live will bring you live commentary of Derby County v Nottingham Forest on 7th August
  • 5 live will bring you live commentary of the first match of the new Premier League season, Tottenham v Manchester City, at 12:45pm on Saturday 14th August
  • A full list of the 2010/11 football season fixtures is on the BBC Sport website
  • Photo used under license, copyright Getty Images


  • Comment number 1.

    Jonathan, here's a helpful equation...

    Less football = more likelihood people will be listening to TalkSport and the superb Mark Saggers, long lamented former 5Live Sport host.

    Less football + more Colin Murray = certainity people will be listening to TalkSport and the superb Mark Saggers, long lamented former 5Live Sport host.

    Sadly, as Mr Controllers right hand man and champion of Murray, Bacon et. al. I fear you'll see less football commentary as a further opportunity to foist Murray et. al. upon us.


  • Comment number 2.

    Don't you mean "kickin off with Colin Murray", who's incapable of pronouncing "ing" properly.
    I'm all in favour of Mark Chapman but surely you can do better than Robbie "my wife's a supermodel/I've played international football" Savage who will just get into an argument with every caller.

  • Comment number 3.

    Help. Can't stand the thought. Oh for the old days when interactive broadcasting was just a thought in the bottom of a stagnant pool.

    I too am looking forward to listening to Talksport.

  • Comment number 4.

    Is it just me or is Alan Green the worst commentator in the world? Often it seems he can't be bothered to do the job so he just talks about how bad the match is, how cold it is or just rambles with his co host. Surely it's up to the listener to make that decision from an informed commentary. I like him on 606 but not at a match, I just switch over if he is on. If this is really a big shake up then hopefully we can get him out of commentary and into the studio where it is warm and the callers stimulating.

  • Comment number 5.

    I hope the coverage for this will be on digital and not analogue.
    While the world cup was on all th estuff i wanted to listen to was on digital and I couldn't get it while driving.
    I won't be tuning in for more football. Missed the Rugby missed the tennis.

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  • Comment number 6.

    To clarify, BBC Radio has lost the commentary rights to the 5.30pm Saturday Premier League matches to talkSPORT, which is why Sports Report is back to its full "one-hour glory".

    BBC Radio has also lost the commentary rights to Sunday lunchtime matches to talkSPORT. Man Utd v Liverpool and Liverpool v Everton are both Sunday 1.30pm KOs (Sep/Oct respectively) and therefore 5 Live will only be able to provide updates on these matches.

    Unless 5 Live is honest about this situation on-air there will be many confused listeners, wondering why Messrs. Green & Ingham are not at Old Trafford on that Sunday in September.

  • Comment number 7.

    Jonathon: it must be a very sad life being an apologist for a sadly inept station controller who is intent on leading what was once a good radio station into complete mediocrity.

    You have clearly been on far too many PR coaching courses - the responses above spell out pretty cleary the holes in your PR 'gloss' but the facts are simple. Five Live is either losing out or missing out on a lot of quality sport. Athletics we don't want - not good radio. Like swimming. Golf ok if the presenters are good - Bacon and Campbell - I think not. F1 - which I don't really like - gripping stuff, again down to the presenters. Pat Murphy's a gem on the cricket coverage. But Colin Murray anchoring such a large part of the (winter) weekend output - a disaster frankly.

    Time for someone to get real or simply wake up to reality. Give me a call - I could sort it out but it would be painful.

  • Comment number 8.

    Why on earth must we suffer Mr Murray on a Sunday what is wrong Elanor Oldroyd or the grossly underused Russel Fuller

  • Comment number 9.

    hahaha...the funny thing is that 5Live have a new trailer advertising for the first time the number of live games they will have next season. According to the trailer it's 120 games broadcast live!!!!!
    Why would they need to specify this number, I wondered at first. Then I realised it's because the have lost so many games this year to TalkSport, so by mentioning a large number like 120 they are trying to sound impressive.
    But any half intelligent listener would ask the inevitable question: how many games were broadcast live last season? and then the next inevitable question: why are there less games this year?

  • Comment number 10.

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  • Comment number 11.

    I agree with TheIceMan99 - Russell Fuller and Eleanor Oldroyd are vastly underused by the station.

    But it is nice to hear Ian Payne back on the station and doing some Five Live Sport's in the next few weeks.

    It was a shame that Russell wasn't part of the Five Live team at the Open Golf and instead worked on the telly coverage but he is presenting all this week in the evenings.

  • Comment number 12.

    Honesty would be good. Don't do what Sky Sports does, pretending anything other than what is broadcast on their channels doesn't exist. I trust that now I've purchased a digital radio for the car, the early evening Championship game will still be broadcast on R5Sports Xtra. Failing that I will be listening to the dreadful Talksport. Either that or silence. I really can't stand the thought of two hours of "I thought the boys done great today" calls on 606.

    But.....am I the only one who actually enjoys listening to Colin Murray?

  • Comment number 13.

    The headline figure is that 5Live will only broadcast 57% of EPL games in season 2010/11.

    TalkSport will broadcast 64 Premier League games.

    Absolute Radio have 32.

    The big unanswered question is if 5Live's Commissioning Editor will commission more Murray? MOTD2 is now a no go, and after losing 43% of games, if it means more Colin Murray, then for the first time I will be tuning into TalkSport.

  • Comment number 14.

    boristhebold: yes you are the only person.

    Talksport isn't all that bad when compared to what will be on Five Live.

  • Comment number 15.

    I, like many others are looking forward to hearing the popular Colin Murray's amusing and entertaining radio broadcasts. At least he makes the shows interesting and humerous unlike the other bland and completely dull presenters.

  • Comment number 16.

    I like Colin Murray on Fighting Talk and he was excellent at the World Cup abd the darts on TV, I think he makes a better tv sports presenter than radio one. His Radio 1 evening shows were excellent as well.

  • Comment number 17.

    David - this is exactly the point. Murray is a dj, not a speech radio presenter. Putting on a CD with 'witty' links is somewhat different to anchoring a 6 hour sports afternoon shoe or two hour weekday afternoon show for that matter - witness another dj's futile attempts.

    I still feel Campbell presents Breakfast like a game show host. You need seasoned pro's like Warwicker to give the station some gravitas - not converts from Radio One looking to get serious.

  • Comment number 18.

    I don't think a good DJ makes a bad speech radio presenter - look at Simon Mayo and to a lesser extent Kevin Greening. Simon is one of the best presenters ever to broadcast on this fine network. I also think Nicky Campbell was excellent on the mid-morning slot.

    As I said with Colin Murray he seems better at television sports presenting, I still think he is a good radio sports presenter just that there are better options - i.e. Messrs Payne, Fuller and Oldroyd.

    I predict next season if not next season that Colin will give up Sundays to concentrate on MOTD2 and just do Friday nights and FT which suit him better.

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  • Comment number 20.

    "Sports report will be back in its full one-hour glory from Saturday August 14th. The team are already looking at ideas for enhanced football league news in the later part of the show as well as thinking about how they will round up the day's Premier League interviews, rugby union and racing."

    Any plans to mention the cricket (T20 finals day)?

    In fact is there going to be coverage of the final this year (I think in the past it has been on Radio 5 proper)? Or is it going to be on R4LW (or, heaven-forbid, hidden away on radio 5 sports ghetto)? Or do the BBC not have the rights?

  • Comment number 21.

    R% has declined markedly in recent years,due to its obsession with soccer.
    The only people who are interested in soccer either attend matches or have Sky.
    Yes, a radio is the only way to 'follow' in a car - so put soccer commentary on 5Extra (like cricket) and reduce the staggering waste of money on Premiership matches.

    You can also get rid of the planet-sized ego that is Richard Bacon and replace him with someone with a decent IQ, no white powder in his nose, and the recognition that it is the GUEST that is important and that the presenter' opinion is of no importance whatsoever.

    Then remove Dotty Adebayoooooo from Up all Night and have more of the quite superb Rhos Sharp, with the 'guest' presenters on at weekends - they're refreshingly cheerful, articulate and intelligent.

    Dotty has, as they say, a 'good voice for a newspaper' as he is completely incomprehensible and unintelligible.

  • Comment number 22.

    I agree about Colin Murray too - accent too strong, energy and hysteria levels woefully OTT and an irritation.

    I assumed R5 was intended for a middle-aged (25-60) middle-class (IQ over 100) audience - both Nicki Campbell and Simon Mayo are outstanding, as is the whole Drive team.

    More, please, of such intelligent, modest presenters.

  • Comment number 23.

    Now that Ian Payne has returned from Sky Can't he get the Sunday Sports show and leave Murray to the television studios.

  • Comment number 24.

    The lady who is sitting in for the hysterical Stephen Nolan great. What a refreshing change! And I dare say we don't have to pay to fly in her in and put her up in a hotel for a few days.

    I wonder... is she broadcasting from London or Manchester? Heaven forbid she's not in Manchester... how would the producers cope?!

  • Comment number 25.

    #23 The Ice Man - would make sence wouldn't it.

    The Twenty20 Final will be on Sportsextra and not Five Live again this year which is a shame.

  • Comment number 26.

    I was really disappointed by the gleeful remarks made by all 5 members of the Gabby Logan sports panel (9-8-2010) about Scotland not qualifying for the World cup or not qualifying for future competitions, this was in stark contrast to the serious reverential knowledgeable way that England were discussed. Radio 5 either ignores Scottish football (little or no mention of the start of the Scottish football league at the weekend past) or sneers at it as with the sports panel today. Is this acceptable ? I thought the BBC was famous for its impartiality. As a fan of Scotland and someone who likes bothe English and Scottish league football, am I welcome as a Radio 5 listener or should I listen to another station ? I dont listen to Talksport because they are even more anti-Scottish. When it comes to football is 5Live part of the British Broadcasting Corporation or part of the English ?

  • Comment number 27.

    "The Twenty20 Final will be on Sportsextra and not Five Live again this year which is a shame."


    And it doesn't even look like it will be available on R4LW.

  • Comment number 28.

    Agree with comments about Murray. Use Ian Payne! Also reinstate Eleanor Oldroyd on Sunday's programme. Drop the buffoon Savage from 606 who has beleived the hype and is on the road to becoming a caricature of himself - as in the manner of past his sell-by-date, fellow narcissistic big-head, Alan Green.

  • Comment number 29.

    There was never a less suitable name for a programme about footballers and football. Please change it to avoid the unpleasant sexual connotation. And whose idea was it for goodness sake?

  • Comment number 30.

    I forgot to name it, but "Sunday Roast" is the one.

  • Comment number 31.

    I was quite surprised too and wondered why it hadn't been named Sunday Lunch for example and then realised that its name was actually deliberate. Pretty tasteless IMO.

  • Comment number 32.

    What shame that 64 games have been allocated to Shout Sport. Firstly, I HATE those awful personal injury 'no win' 'no fee' ads and secondly the reception is atrocious where I live. So - both content and reception way below par. It's when appalling decisions such as these are made in the name of 'consumer interest' that one realises just how professional and good is R5's sport output.

  • Comment number 33.

    "were sat"

    How ungrammatical. For a BBC commissioning editor to have such a poor command of grammar is a pretty poor show.

  • Comment number 34.

    @ Sarnia

    The talkSPORT match commentaries are available online, on DAB and via the digital TV platforms.

  • Comment number 35.

    Thanks LondonMark - I am aware of that. DAB not available in Channel Islands (where I live)and my PC is not a lap top and cannot be lugged around with me (ditto my TV) so I rely on a normal portable radio when in and out of the house.

    Thought the Chappers/Savage 606 disappointing. Savage too aggressive.

  • Comment number 36.

    Listening to the Man U v Newcastle commentary last evening was I alone in wondering what on earth Robbie Savage is doing on Five Live? He certainly has the face for radio but not the voice - a thin,tinny whine. He has absolutely nothing to contribute and thinks he's funny. He's not.

    Why not David Pleat or an acknowledged manager/pundit alongside the commentator rather than this light weight, washed up, not very good nearly ex pro?

    Five Live on occasion just gets it so wrong.

  • Comment number 37.

    He spends most of his time commenting on or laughing at players' appearances. Like Claridge he's another apologist for footballers and won't hear a word of criticism against them, particularly if they're your Welsh team mate.

  • Comment number 38.

    You're not alone, Jackstumps. Savage is obviously thought of as controversial/edgy by whoever decides these things. Unfortunately, he's also thin-skinned (almost as translucent as Alan Green); aggressive; immature; a believer in his over-hyped status and an aural disaster.

  • Comment number 39.

    For many years 5Live Sport has been the cornerstone of the station. At the very time the station is losing rights, like the EPL, it choses to dumb down it's coverage compromising its superior punditry with vacuous personality-driven sports programming.

    Clearly after changing the sound of the weekday lineup Mr Van Klaveren and Mr Wall have moved to the sport department. The introduction of Savage, the relegation of people like Henry Winter and the accession of people like Helen Skelton to cover the Wimbledon fortnight are an early taste of what seems to be a deliberate move to take 5Live Sport downmarket and lightweight.

    Such a shame. The sports schedule is saving the station at the moment.

  • Comment number 40.

    Just seen an ad on TV, lots of people listening to the radio, all with T shirts bearing the 5Live logo, and the strap line is "unrivalled coverage of the new season". Surely that should read "unrivalled coverage of the bits we managed to buy for the new season, but the rest is somewhere else on the radio". Trades Description Act, the ad department at the BBC had better be careful.

  • Comment number 41.

    It appears that 5 Live are now pretending that talkSPORT's matches don't exist when they give the sports bulletins on the weekend breakfast shows.

    This morning we had "Fulham play Man Utd later today - full commentary on 5 Live" but no mention of Newcastle v Aston Villa (for which 5 Live don't have the commentary rights).

    On the BBC News Channel weather forecasts last night they gave the weather conditions for Fulham today but no mention of Villa Park.

    Surely we should expect better from the BBC?

  • Comment number 42.

    I sent in a text to the Breakfast programme this morning saying the same thing! It is as if Villa and Newcastle's match doesn't even exist, it wasn't even previewed.

    By the way, I saw in the paper that Helen Skelton is refusing to go to Salford with Blue Peter, she is waiting to see if she gets job offers .............expect her as a new fixture on Five Live folks. Get used to that radio voice.

  • Comment number 43.

    She goes in the Room 101 for voices, along with Murray, Nolan and Paterson.

  • Comment number 44.

    Forgot to include the phlegmy Riley.

  • Comment number 45.

    You also forgot Rachel Burden. Excruciating voice - sounds as if needs to have a damn good cough to clear whatever is lurking on her vocal chords...

  • Comment number 46.

    She's certainly cursed with that voice but it actually doesn't bother me, probably because what comes out is intelligible, articulate and intelligent. She's one of the 5live good guys and far more genuine than Logan and Derbyshire.

  • Comment number 47.

    1.12pm Sunday... just turned on 5Live. Colin Murray is on. Some rubbish about shaving off mostaches. Immediately googled Talksport to get the frequency in London and retune.

    See you there. "Football" with Colin Murray is too painful to endure.

  • Comment number 48.

    Mention in dispatches for Colin Murray in today's Sunday Times for his interview of one of England's women's rugby World Cup team.
    You can guess it wasn't positive.

  • Comment number 49.

    Ditto Murray and comments in the Times today, Giles Smith column. As far as that interview with the rugby player, apparently sexism and stereotyping run deep in Murray's veins, except as he always laughs after saying these type of comments, he gets away with it. His trailers are some of the worst ever, and Fighting Talk became a shadow of its original when he took over.

  • Comment number 50.

    Last night (Tuesday) I was intently listening in after 10.00pm to the extra time/shoot outs etc - all tense stuff for a keen footie follower. Mark Pougatch decides to conduct an 'interview' with a person of indeterminate sex from Scunthorpe. Nothing against Scunthorpe but Pougatch needs shooting for agreeing to do it and as for his producer !!!!! Another example of poor journalistic judgement. But when you look at those in charge ... any surprise?

    It just gets worse and worse.

  • Comment number 51.

    Up date to Wednesday. After the Spurs game Pougatch had a number of 'football people' in the studio who's opinions would have been good. But no, 'let's hear your views'. He crosses to some Larnden geezer who seems to be having problems with the English language and then engages him in totally meaningless, uninformed 'conversation'. Do they set these up in advance? They cannot possibly be spontaneous.

    This is local radio output of the worst quality. They have a potential jewel of a radio station here that is being dragged lower and lower by the obsession with listener input. Cheap, nasty, very poor programming that really does not belong on the BBC. Anywhere.

  • Comment number 52.

    I get the Sunday Times - but have missed the srticle mentioned. Is it in the Sports section?

  • Comment number 53.

    Yes, it's in Stephen Jones's feature on the England women's rugby team.

  • Comment number 54.

    Thanks - I have mislaid the Sports section - and the Times group now charge for their online input...

  • Comment number 55.

    I think Colin Murray talks too often and very inappropriately about putting bets on sporting occasions, and drinking at them. If he isn't talking about himself on these subjects, he is speculating about others doing the same.

    Not on, Mr 5Live Controller.

  • Comment number 56.

    Murray's just a small town boy with a small town mentality.

  • Comment number 57.

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