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Murray to replace Keys and Gray on Talksport

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Colin Murray is to leave BBC 5 Live after being named as Richard Keys and Andy Gray's replacement on Talksport's mid-morning radio show.

Murray's relationship with the BBC was weakened when he was axed as MOTD2 presenter at the end of last season with reports claiming he lost the position because he "irritated a number of BBC football pundits."

Murray continued to work on BBC Radio, most notably on BBC 5 Live's popular Saturday sports quiz 'Fighting Talk' but his new position will end his involvement with the station.

He says he still hopes to work with the BBC on television and as part of their 6 Music radio channel.

Keys and Gray are leaving their daily spot on Talksport to move to Qatar where they are looking to resurrect their television careers.

The pair, who left Sky Sports after a sexism scandal, have been signed up by the English language version of Al Jazeera to host a number of football programmes for the channel.

They will be based in Doha, where they will still host a Friday evening show on Talksport.

Murray, though, will take their previous daily 10am-1pm spot – Monday to Friday.

"Colin Murray is a hugely talented sports broadcaster who brings further experience and creativity to our fantastic line-up," Talksport's programme director Liam Fisher told Radio Today.

Murray added: "I’m truly excited about creating this programme, and I hope it will become the morning ‘go to’ for UK sports fans. I will be joined by fascinating and knowledgeable guests every day offering up different opinions on issues and topics that you want to hear about throughout the week.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed working on my 5 Live shows and with the BBC team and look forward to continuing my relationship with BBC Sport TV and 6 Music."

Radio 5 Live controller Jonathan Wall said: "Colin leaves with our very best wishes having done such a good job on Fighting Talk over the last seven years, and on 5 Live Sport over the last four years, especially during the Olympics."

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