Murray, a Liverpool F.C. fan, refuses to work with the same group as The Sun, the tabloid newspaper owned by News Corp.
Radio presenter Colin Murray has announced that he’s quitting his morning radio show on TalkSport, after its parent company was bought by News Corp, which also owns The Sun newspaper.
Taking to Twitter on Wednesday afternoon (July 13th), the 39 year old Northern Irish presenter, who is a fan of Liverpool F.C., claimed that his position was “unsustainable” because of the “inevitable future working relationship” between TalkSport and The Sun, the tabloid which reported negatively on Liverpool fans’ role in the Hillsborough stadium disaster in 1989.
“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 wrote in his post explaining his reasons for handing in his resignation.
TalkSport presenter Colin Murray pictured in 2013
He signed off his message with ‘#JFT96’, meaning ‘Justice For The 96’, a reference to the 96 fans who died at Hillsborough. Many Liverpool fans have consistently boycotted the tabloid for its coverage of the tragedy.
The DJ, who departed BBC Radio 1 in 2013 for TalkSport, has overseen all-time high ratings for his show, and revealed that he has made this decision despite recently being offered a contract to tie him down to TalkSport until 2019. His last show for the station will be on September 2nd.
A TalkSport spokesperson gave a statement to the press soon after Murray announced his departure, describing the former presenter as “a fantastic asset” and that the station was “very sorry to lose him”.
Leaving talkSPORT. pic.twitter.com/vdAMsU94qB— colin murray (@ColinMurray) July 13, 2016
“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,” the spokesperson said.
NewsCorp concluded a £220 million deal to purchase Wireless Group, the company which owns TalkSport, in June. Shortly after the buy-out, Murray’s fellow presenter Stan Collymore was informed that the contract extension offer he had received in May was being withdrawn, bringing an end to his eight-year stay at TalkSport.