TALKSPORT have stepped in to save the legendary full classified results after the BBC refused to bring back the service.
The Beeb made the bold call to stop what has been a staple part of its broadcasting by axing the classified football results from its radio stations.
They had been reading out football results since the early 1950s every Saturday evening.
John Webster was the first to call them out before they were made famous by James Alexander Gordon.
He delivered the scores with his trademark Scottish accent from 1973 to 2013 before passing it on to Charlotte Green.
However, all of that nostalgic history ended on Saturday when BBC failed to deliver the classifieds on BBC Radio 5 Live, leading to a major backlash.
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A number of football fans blasted the decision, leading to BBC saying in a statement: “We appreciate the strength of feeling towards the classified football results within Sports Report.
“It’s always difficult when a programme with a special history changes, but there are good reasons for the change.
“With the addition of the 5.30pm live Premier League match to our coverage, Sports Report has been condensed into a shorter programme – cut from 1 hour to 25 minutes.
“The classifieds were taking around 5-7 minutes to read, which would have taken up around a third of the programme – constraining the range of sport we could cover.
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“We’d like to assure our listeners that results from across the football leagues will still be shared during the programme and through the afternoon.
“Results are also available in full on the BBC Sport website and during Final Score on BBC One. Having a live match at 5.30 is a great addition to the 5 Live schedule.”
However, fear not footy fans – TalkSport has moved to save to the day.
We can reveal that our sister station will still be providing the service each and every Saturday right on time at 5pm.
And they confirmed it in a tweet which read: “The classified results are important.
“That’s why we’d never get rid of them.”
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