TalkRadio (previously styled as talkRADIO) is a talk radio station broadcasting nationally in the United Kingdom, which was relaunched on 21 March 2016. Based in London and owned by Wireless Group, a subsidiary of News Corp., it is the sister station of national stations Talksport (itself originally known as Talk Radio UK), Talksport 2, Virgin Radio UK and Times Radio.[1]

Broadcast areaUnited Kingdom
FrequencyDAB+: 11A Sound Digital
FormatTalk radio
OwnerWireless Group (News UK)
Talksport 2
Virgin Radio UK
Times Radio
First air date
21 March 2016 (2016-03-21)

As of September 2022, the station has a weekly audience of 637,000 listeners according to RAJAR.


The original Talk Radio started in February 1995 using the AM wavelengths previously occupied by BBC Radio 1 (1053/1089 kHz). It saw a number of presenters host shows in its first two years but settled down to a regular schedule with presenters such as Carol McGiffin, Scott Chisholm, Anna Raeburn, Tommy Boyd and Mike Dickin. It failed to make sufficient revenue and in the late 1990s introduced sports output which increased audiences. In 2000 the station changed its name to Talksport and almost all programming was of a sporting nature other than overnights and the mid-morning show. In March 2012, this 39 hours of non-sporting content was axed from the station.[2]

TalkRadio's original logo (2016-2022)

The introduction of a new DAB multiplex enabled Talkradio to be relaunched as a separate channel from Talksport on DAB on 21 March 2016.[3] At launch, the station featured presenters Paul Ross, Julia Hartley-Brewer, Sam Delaney, Jon Holmes, Jonny Gould, and Iain Lee across its weekday schedule.[3][4] At weekends, the station featured Alexis Conran, Eamonn Holmes, Bob Mills, Martin Roberts, Penny Smith, Jerry Springer, Anna Williamson, and Jake Yapp. The station offers news bulletins every hour. News bulletins from Sky News Radio are carried at weekends. Overnight programming was originally simulcast from talkSPORT until January 2018.

In January 2018, Talkradio underwent a revamp to the weekday and weekend schedule in a bid to boost ratings and make the station more news-focused.[5]

In June 2020, Talkradio announced that it would be moving from DAB to DAB+. The DAB+ signal began transmitting on 9 June alongside the DAB signal. The DAB signal ceased transmission on 26 June.[6]

On 14 April 2022, talkRADIO's Twitter account was rebranded as TalkTV.

On 19 April 2022, the new radio app was released on Apple, with the station now styled as TalkRadio.[7]


Presenter James Whale was suspended over a 30 July 2018 interview with an alleged sex assault victim that was said by the station to have "completely lacked sensitivity". He was suspended for a week and his show returned on 13 August. He apologised to the alleged victim.[8]

Broadcasting regulator Ofcom ruled in 2019 that two episodes of former MP George Galloway's show breached impartiality rules due to the lack of dissenting views to Galloway's own on the subjects of Antisemitism in the UK Labour Party and the Salisbury poisoning.[9][10] In June 2019, Galloway was sacked by the station for a tweet in which he praised Liverpool F.C. for winning the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final instead of Tottenham Hotspur, a team with strong links to the Jewish community; he wrote "No #Israël [sic] flags on the Cup!" Tottenham Hotspur and Jewish organisations condemned Galloway's comment.[11]

In September 2020, presenter Mark Dolan cut up a disposable mask during a Talkradio broadcast, while claiming that wearing masks did not have a significant impact on COVID-19.[12]

On 5 January 2021, Talkradio's YouTube channel was briefly terminated without explanation.[13] Within a few hours the station returned to the YouTube platform. In a statement YouTube said "TalkRadio's YouTube channel was briefly suspended, but upon further review, has now been reinstated. We quickly remove flagged content that violate our community guidelines, including Covid-19 content that explicitly contradict expert consensus from local health authorities or the World Health Organization. We make exceptions for material posted with an educational, documentary, scientific or artistic purpose, as was deemed in this case."[14]


Until the launch of Talk TV, Sky News Radio provided hourly news bulletins for the network via Independent Radio News.[15][16] Upon the television network launch, that side began to provide those services to the radio network.


Current shows

Year Title Presenter Category Timeslot Ref
2018-presentThe Early Breakfast ShowJames MaxBreakfast ShowWeekdays 05:00-06:30
2018-presentThe Julia Hartley-Brewer Breakfast ShowJulia Hartley-BrewerBreakfast ShowMonday - Thursday 06:30-10:00[3]
2021-presentJeremy KyleJeremy KyleBreakfast showFriday 06:30-10:00
2018-presentThe Independent Republic Of Mike GrahamMike GrahamDebate/Chat ShowWeekdays 10:00-13:00
2020-presentAfternoons with Ian CollinsIan CollinsAfternoon chat showWeekdays 13:00-16:00
2022-presentVanessa FeltzVanessa FeltzDrivetime chat showWeekdays 16:00-19:00
2022-presentJeremy Kyle LiveJeremy KyleTopical showMonday - Thursday 19:00-20:00
2022-presentPiers Morgan UncensoredPiers MorganTopical debate chat showWeekdays 20:00-21:00
2022-presentThe TalkSharon Osbourne and rotating panelistsTopical debate chat showWeekdays 21:00-22:00
2022-presentFirst EditionTom Newton-DunnTopical news showWeekdays 22:00-23:00
2016-presentThe James Whale ShowJames Whale & Ash GouldLate Night DebateThursday - Friday 23:00-01:00
2016-presentThe Unexplained with Howard HughesHoward HughesSunday 22:00-00:00UFO Show
2022-presentPetrie HoskenPetrie HoskenLate night chat showMonday - Wednesday 23:00-01:00
2022-presentThe Early Breakfast ShowCristo FoufasBreakfast ShowWeekends 05:00-07:00
2022-presentWeekend BreakfastDavid BullBreakfast ShowWeekends 07:00-10:00
2021-presentPeter CardwellPeter CardwellDebate/Chat ShowSaturday 10:00-13:00
2021-presentRichard TiceRichard TiceDebate/Chat ShowSunday 10:00-13:00
2021-presentTrisha GoddardTrisha GoddardDebate/Chat ShowWeekends 13:00-16:00
2022-presentClaudia-LizaClaudia-Liza VanderpuijeDebate/Chat ShowSaturday 16:00-19:00
2022-presentKevin O'SullivanKevin O'SullivanDebate/Chat ShowSunday 16:00-19:00
2022-presentSaturday Night TalkawayKevin O'SullivanPrimetime ShowSaturday 19:00-22:00
2022-presentThe Sunday Night Club with Mark SaggersMark SaggersSports news showSunday 19:00-22:00
2022-presentJame Whale UnleashedJames Whale & Ash GouldLate Night DebateSaturday 22:00-01:00

Former shows

Year Title Presenter Category Timeslot Ref
2021-2022Nick De BoisNick de BoisDrive time showSaturday 16:00-19:00
2021-2022Jeremy Kyle @ DriveJeremy KyleDrive time showFriday 16:00-19:00
2021-2022Rob Rinder @ DriveRob RinderDrivetime ShowFriday 16:00-19:00
2022Daisy McAndrewDaisy McAndrewLate night chat showMonday - Wednesday 22:00-23:00
2022The News DeskTom Newton-DunnTopical news showWeekdays 19:00-20:00
2022Darryl MorrisDarryl MorrisLate night chat showThursday - Saturday 01:00-04:00, Sunday 01:00-05:00

Former presenters


In December 2020, Ofcom granted a licence to News UK & Ireland Limited, to operate a new television channel on satellite and cable.[17][18][19] By April 2021, it was thought that News UK TV would become a streaming-only service which would operate for a few hours a night.[20][21][22]

By September 2021, plans for a service called News UK TV had been scrapped, and talkRadioTV had been soft-launched as a streaming service on smart/internet-connected TVs, with Mike Graham, Trisha Goddard, Julia Hartley-Brewer, Jeremy Kyle and Robert Rinder featuring as presenters on the service.[23][24] Later in September 2021, it was reported that the 'Talk' brand would be used for a digital terrestrial channel that would be available on FreeSat and Freeview, as well as on Sky UK and Virgin Media, in 2022.[25] It was also reported that TalkTV had signed up Piers Morgan to be a presenter of a programme (which would also be shown on Fox Nation in the US and on Sky News Australia) and that the new service would also feature current affairs documentaries, programmes about sport, and entertainment features.[26][27]


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