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TalkSport has agreed a partnership with the British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS) to bring Premier League radio coverage to troops serving overseas.

The arrangement began last night for TalkSport's commentary of Tottenham Hotspur's thrilling 3-3 draw with Arsenal, which was broadcast to armed forces personnel in more than 20 countries, including Afghanistan, Germany, Cyprus, Gibraltar, Belize, Canada and the Falkland Islands.

More Premier League games will be aired on BFBS Radio 2 as the current season progresses, including the potential title decider between Arsenal and Manchester United on May 1.

TalkSport has exclusive rights to air two Premier League matches every weekend, and the BFBS partnership will ensure that the coverage is beamed directly to the troops for the next two seasons.

Moz Dee, TalkSport's programme director, said that the BFBS partnership will ensure that the troops "won't miss a minute of the action as the destination of the Premier League trophy is finally decided". He also said that the tie-up provides "a platform to share other sports output with BFBS in the years to come".

Stan Collymore, TalkSport's chief football analyst, said: "BFBS do a great job supporting our men and women serving overseas, and I'm looking forward to welcoming our new listeners from the likes of Afghanistan and the Falkland Islands."

BFBS controller Nicky Ness added: "Sport is central to the lives of the men and women of the armed forces, whether they're serving on the front line in Afghanistan, [at] one of our many bases across Europe or a far flung corner of the world, including Royal Naval ships at sea.

"We are delighted to partner with TalkSport in order to keep our forces audiences connected with home and the things that are important to them. Initiatives like this make a tenable difference to morale and we can't thank the TalkSport team enough for their support."

Also this week, TalkSport ramped up its offensive on rival BBC Radio 5 Live by publishing a poll suggesting that half of the BBC station's listeners want it to focus more on serious news.

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