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Colin Murray quits TalkSport following takeover by Sun owner

The presenter said he had been offered a contract with the station until 2019.

Updated at 16.01

RADIO AND TV presenter Colin Murray is quitting his role at TalkSport after the British sports radio station was taken over by News Corporation last month.

The County Down-born broadcaster cited the organisation’s association with The Sun newspaper as the reason for his departure.

“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,” he said in a post on Twitter.

Murray, who is a Liverpool fan, ended his message with ‘#JFT96′ — a reference to the 96 Reds supporters who died in the Hillsborough stadium disaster in 1989.

At the time, The Sun was heavily criticised and ultimately apologised for its controversial coverage of the tragedy, with many Liverpool followers refusing to buy the paper since then, and Murray’s stance would suggest he is taking issue with the paper for that reason.

The former Match of the Day 2 host, who presents a weekday late morning show on TalkSport, will officially leave his role after his last show on 2 September.

The presenter said he had been offered a contract with the station until 2019 and had delivered “all-time record ratings” during his time in the role.

Murray is the second high-profile name to leave the organisation in as many days, with former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore yesterday confirming his departure after the station elected not to renew his contract.

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