“Fighting Talk” is a sports panel game on BBC Radio 5 Live which had its first series broadcast in October 2003. According to the BBC remit which is “to provide live news and sports coverage. It should be BBC Radio’s main outlet for breaking news by bringing its audience major news stories as they happen. It should provide context to its news and sports coverage through wide-ranging analysis and discussion.” (BBC Trust,2015), the show is ideal for those passionated by the sports matches or who want to catch the latest news worldwide and it is on air every Saturday morning.
As for the presenters of the show, there have been made several changes throughout the series, more precisely “Johnny Vaughan for a year and a half, Christian O’Connell for about the same time and Colin Murray since February 2006. It’s been more difficult to get rid of him” (BBC Radio 5 Live, FAQ, 2017).
The format of the show reveals “a hilarious look at the volatile world of sport where guests compete for points with their sporting punditry. Informed comments are rewarded but witless outbursts are penalised.” (BBC Radio 5 Live,Fighting Talk) There is an emphasis on English top-flight football and other sports covered by the British news media. Moreover,Murray encourages that any female panelist can flirt with him for some extra points.
The audience of “Fighting Talk” may be more male-dominated, considering the emphasis on the sports events. This is not particularly a good thing, given that about 2 years ago ,”5 Live’s new lineup was criticized for its lack of women presenters at a time when BBC director general Tony Hall has pledged to put more women on air.” (The Guardian,2015)
However, Murray does have guests during the show that join him in the studio, namely “BBC 6 Music presenter Liz Kershaw, Canadian sports broadcaster Greg Brady, writer and broadcaster Dougie Anderson & comedian and voice of Love Island Iain Stiring” (BBC Radio 5 Live,Fighting Talk) They are not the only ones that interact with the presenter, as the listeners play their own important part-they are able to have their say on the show and answer some of the questions by e-mail or text message that are on the panel. The best and the most entertaining responses are read live by Murray. The audience even has “homework questions” that “often involve likening sports people to objects, animals or concepts: for example, “If footballers were houses, what would they be?” (www.revolvy.com)
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