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Fighting Talk, Channel 5 Football Host

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The darts aficionado fronted coverage of the ever-popular BDO World Darts as well as hosting Radio 5 live’s entertaining look at the weeks sporting news, Fighting Talk. The ex-Radio 1 DJ has also hosted NFL coverage and his own daily talkSPORT show.


Colin Murray is a TV and radio presenter who has covered everything from sport to music to lifestyle in his varied career. He hosts Radio 5 live’s sports panel show Fighting Talk, marshalling the egos of the competing pundits, comedians and journalists, and is the anchor of Channel 5’s Football on 5 show.

The three-time Sony Gold winner began as a newspaper reporter in his native Northern Ireland before he published his own music magazine Blank. He then unexpectedly found himself co-hosting BBC Radio 1's Session In Northern Ireland.

Colin established a popular partnership with Edith Bowman on Radio 1’s daytime schedule before going it alone hosting the early evening new music show. At the same time he chaired Fighting Talk for seven years. Moving to television, Colin hosted Match of the Day 2 and the ever-popular BDO World Darts Championships. On radio he then hosted his own daily show on talkSPORT for three years before returning to the BBC and Fighting Talk.

His assorted other credits run from presenting Channel 4′s NFL coverage to appearing in Countdown’s Dictionary Corner to Soundscape (a journey though music, film, history, comedy) for BBC 6Music. Amongst his many other shows on 5 Live include Kicking Off, Colin Murray’s Gold Run (in which he attempted to track down every living British Olympic gold medallist), At Home with Colin Murray (a series of revealing interviews with sporting greats) and, reuniting with Edith Bowman, Bump Club (following women through their pregnancy, offering tips and guidance.)

Away from broadcasting, Colin writes regular columns for Metro and the Radio Times, and has written a book, A Random History of Football. Live, he’s an engaging, friendly, amusing and enthusiastic host.

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