1 talkSPORT is having a Premier League party! talkSPORT, the world’s most popular sports radio station and part of Wireless Group plc, alongside its sister station talkSPORT 2, can today announce that it has been awarded the right to broadcast three Premier League UK live audio packages for the next three football seasons, starting with 2016/17.This partnership means that talkSPORT becomes the only national commercial radio station to carry live English Premier League commentary, offering its fans an unrivalled opportunity to listen to some of the biggest and best games in the annual footballing calendar.talkSPORT, which announced its latest industry figures according to RAJAR earlier this week, has seen live football make its mark on Sunday afternoons with two shows posting record results this quarter. ‘Sunday Exclusive’ hosted by Mark Saggers with regular commentators Stan Collymore and Sam Matterface [Sundays, 1pm to 4pm] saw a massive 25% increase in listeners, while ‘Call Collymore’, the popular post-match show also hosted by Stan Collymore [Sundays, 4pm to 6pm] has seen a year-on-year increase of 21%.Offering an outstanding opportunity to capitalise on this sustained growth, talkSPORT has retained exclusive Premier League audio rights to broadcast 28 Sunday afternoon matches each season, which usually kick-off at 1.30pm or 2.15pm. The station has also retained its right to broadcast 28 Saturday late afternoon matches, which usually kick off at 5.30pm.In what is also a major coup for talkSPORT’s new sister station, talkSPORT 2, the third package awarded – which offers exclusive audio rights to specific Premier League matches at 3pm on Saturday afternoons – will be played out on the new station, bringing even more top-level live sport to talkSPORT 2, which has delivered a unique position in the market by offering a range of live sport that often cannot be heard anywhere else.Scott Taunton, Chief Operating Officer at talkSPORT’s owner Wireless Group, said: “We are very pleased that talkSPORT has been awarded three of the Premier League’s live audio packages, giving us the opportunity to play out more live Premier League football for our listeners than ever before.“Becoming the only national commercial radio station to offer access to live Premier League commentary demonstrates our ongoing commitment to producing quality football coverage, fronted by a range of talented and credible presenters.“It is also a huge bonus for us to have a package awarded that can be played out on our new digital station talkSPORT 2. The station has already made a name for itself, broadcasting a range of live sport and including coverage which hasn’t had a home on British radio before. Adding live Premier League coverage to this profile cements its credibility and authority in live football commentary.”Since talkSPORT began broadcasting Premier League commentaries, it has seen sustained audience growth, significantly narrowing the gap with its nearest competitor, BBC 5 Live.The station has expanded its offering of football commentaries across the board, and now broadcasts key fixtures from the FA Cup, UEFA Champions League and England Internationals. Its talented line-up today includes names such as Alan Brazil, Colin Murray, Darren Gough and comedian Jon Richardson.talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 will also be broadcasting every single match from UEFA EURO 2016™ live in June this year, recently naming their presenters for the tournament including Joey Barton, Stan Collymore and Stuart Pearce MBE.In addition, after securing the exclusive global audio rights to the Premier League in 2012, talkSPORT now broadcasts every Premier League match live across the world in multiple languages, with partnership agreements in place in 69 countries. This agreement will run throughout the next three seasons until 2018/19.