Tuesday 24 April 2018

Liverpool supporter Colin Murray quits talkSPORT over ties with The Sun

Colin Murray has resigned from his show at talkSPORT
Colin Murray has resigned from his show at talkSPORT

Broadcaster and Liverpool FC fan Colin Murray has quit talkSPORT because he will not work with The Sun.

Murray currently presents a weekday show for the sports radio station which was acquired by News Corporation from the Wireless Group in June.

Murray announced his decision to leave on Wednesday in a statement via Twitter, citing an "unsustainable" position because of a "future working relationship" with The Sun.

The 39-year-old tweeted: "While there are parts of News Corp that aren't a problem, it is the inevitable future working relationship between talkSport and The Sun that has made my position unsustainable."

In the statement, Murray said he was "intensely proud" of his show and his achievements including delivering "record ratings".

He also said he had been offered a new contract until 2019.

Murray thanked his colleagues and co-presenters and said his last talkSPORT show will be on September 2.

He signed off with the Twitter hashtag: "#JFT96" - the 'justice for the 96' declaration relating to the Liverpool fans who died at Hillsborough in 1989.

Four days after the disaster, The Sun ran a front page story proclaiming to tell "The Truth".

The article featured claims from an anonymous policeman that some fans had "picked pockets of victims", "urinated on cops" and that some beat up a policeman who was giving the "kiss of life".

This prompted Liverpool fans to boycott the paper.

A spokesman for talkSPORT said: " It is with much regret that, after three years of working with us, Colin Murray has taken the decision to move on from his presenting role at talkSPORT this September.

"Colin has been a fantastic asset to the station and, while we respect his decision, we will be very sorry to lose him. We wish him all the best for the future."

Press Association

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