Westwood One signs deal to broadcast Barclays Premier League

08/01/2013

WESTWOOD ONE SIGNS EXCLUSIVE DEAL TO BRING LIVE COVERAGE OF
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE TO THE U.S.

talkSPORT’s Official Match Commentary will be Available Across Audio, Digital and Mobile Platforms in English and Spanish

NEW YORK, NY, August 1, 2013  –  Westwood One, the largest independent national audio media company in the U.S., today announced an exclusive terrestrial, three-season partnership with talkSPORT, the world’s biggest sports radio station based in London, U.K., to broadcast live coverage of Barclays Premier League, FA Cup and Capital One Cup.  The partnership includes play-by-play commentary of nearly 400 soccer matches per year, in both English and Spanish languages, on a soon-to-be-announced digital platform as well as weekend morning Barclays Premier League games of the week throughout the season for domestic radio stations which will all feed an avid and rapidly growing soccer fan base across the U.S.

As Global Audio Partner of the Barclays Premier League, talkSPORT has unparalleled access to the news, stories and people at the heart of the world’s most exciting soccer league. Last season’s programming included exclusive interviews with Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, Chelsea goal-scoring record breaker Frank Lampard and Liverpool hero Jamie Carragher, among many others.

“On the heels of reaching a major milestone with our 300th NBC Sports Radio affiliate, we couldn’t be more excited to be the resource delivering top-rate soccer coverage to a rabid fan base across the country,” said Paul Caine, Westwood One CEO.  “This partnership is another major step forward for Westwood One as we continue to bolster the strength of our sports offering through powerful programming, content and cross-platform promotions in audio, digital and mobile.”

Listeners will have access to talkSPORT’s official play-by-play commentary which will be broadcast live from the UK; an exclusive weekly Barclays Premier League preview show; a weekly highlights show; live interviews, and English-language documentary programming featuring profiles of sporting figures and Barclays Premier League clubs.

“In just the past year, since becoming the Global Audio Partner for the Premier League, we have witnessed a groundswell of demand for live soccer commentary around the world,” said Scott Taunton, Chief Executive, talkSPORT. “We are thrilled to be working with Westwood One who is just as passionate and committed as we are about delivering the best and most exciting soccer coverage to the ever increasing number of fans in the U.S. market.”

About Westwood One
Westwood One is the largest independent national audio media company in the U.S., delivering compelling, engaging, and fully-integrated audio content to over 8,200+ radio stations and digital media companies. Westwood One’s powerful portfolio of iconic media, sports and entertainment brands, combined with some of the most recognized live events in the world, provide strong and unique brand engagement to over 225 million consumers each week. For more information, visit www.dialglobal.com

About talkSPORT
talkSPORT is the world’s biggest sports radio station and Global Audio Partner of the Barclays Premier League. Launched in 2000, it has an audience of 3.2 million adults in the UK and was named UK Radio Station of the Year at the 2011 Sony Radio Academy Awards. talkSPORT has an exclusive package of audio rights outside Europe for the next three seasons offering commentary on all 380 Barclays Premier League games in multiple languages. talkSPORT is part of UTV Media plc, which is one of the UK and Ireland’s leading multimedia businesses and also publishes Sport, the most widely read print and digital sports publication in the UK. http://press.talksport.co.uk/

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