murray to join barnes on five’s new-look football line-up

murray to join barnes on five’s new-look football line-up

Thursday 02 February 2006

Radio One DJ and sports presenter Colin Murray is to co-host Five’s coverage of live football alongside former England international John Barnes in a new-look approach to the channel's coverage of top games.

Murray, who currently presents Five’s NFL coverage and also works for Radio 5 Live as well as his regular Radio One afternoon show with Edith Bowman, is a life-long Liverpool fan and will bring an in-depth knowledge and fan's perspective to the coverage. He has also presented Poker for Five and was a co-presenter of the FIFPro World XI Player awards for Sky One.

The involvement of Murray, who is to present and guide viewers through the coverage, will enable Barnes to leave the confines of the studio and get more involved in talking to managers, coaches and players.

Robert Charles, Controller of Sport for Five, said: “We have been moving the presentation of our coverage of football forward and this will be the next stage in that process. John is respected all over the world and we want to use his experience and insight to gain better access to football people and enhance viewers' enjoyment of our live action. He has shown in a number of exclusive interviews the ability to put people at their ease and get the best out of them and there is no doubt that his football credentials play a large part in that.”

He added: "Colin is a great addition to the team. He has fantastic enthusiasm as a presenter and a real passion for the game. Being a Liverpool fan he’ll now be working alongside one of his idols.

"He will be looking at the action and talking points from the fans perspective, while John’s experience of playing at the top level will take us inside the game. They’ll make an excellent team!"

John Barnes, who will continue to present his regular 'John Barnes' Football Night’ on late on Friday nights, said: "Having been a player and manager I know what it's like and the sort of emotions you feel before and after a match whether you win, lose or draw. This new role gives me the opportunity to do what I enjoy most – talking to football people about football."

Colin Murray said: "It's a great opportunity for me and I'm really looking forward to working alongside John who I used to watch from the terraces. There'll no doubt be some banter to be had between the two of us and I can’t wait to get started."

Five's new line-up will begin duties on Wednesday, February 15th with live coverage of Bolton’s First Knockout Round 1st leg clash at home to Olympique Marseille. The programme begins at 7.15pm with the kick off at 7.45pm.

The following evening, Five will be showing live action from Middlesbrough's match away to VFB Stuttgart, again on air at 7.15pm and kicking off at 7.45pm.

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