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TalkSport bringing Premier League to the troops

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TalkSport has today extended its partnership with British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS) to bring radio coverage of the Premier League to troops serving overseas.

Continuing a deal agreed last year, BFBS will again carry TalkSport's live commentary from English Premier League games throughout the 2012/13 season.

British troops and their families serving overseas can listen to live radio commentary of certain matches, while forces based outside of the European Union can access coverage of all 380 games in the coming season online at TalkSport.com.

BFBS has carried TalkSport's commentary since April 2011 and the extended agreement will continue throughout the new season.

Coverage starts this weekend with Newcastle United's clash with Tottenham, followed by Wigan versus Chelsea. Commentary will come from Stan Collymore and Sam Matterface.

BFBS broadcasts to troops serving in more than 20 countries worldwide, including Afghanistan, Germany, Cyprus, Gibraltar, Canada and the Falkland Islands.

This month, TalkSport is also launching its new TalkSport Live service at TalkSport.com, which will provide live commentary on every Barclays Premier League game in English, Spanish and Mandarin. The service is available to any football fans outside of Europe, including serving troops.

"It has been a privilege to partner BFBS and bring live sport to servicemen and women oversees and this new agreement will ensure that continues throughout what is set to be a thrilling season," said Moz Dee, TalkSport programme director.

"We're entering one of the most exciting periods in our history with the launch of TalkSport Live, which enables fans overseas to hear every match throughout the season."

BBFS Radio controller Nicky Ness added: "We are delighted to continue this partnership with TalkSport to bring live football commentary to forces communities serving overseas.

"I know that this coverage of the 2012/13 football season will be popular with our audience and the new online content provided by TalkSport Live will also keep them in touch with their favourite football teams at home.

"Choice is a key element of maintaining morale and that, in turn, underpins the welfare support so deserved by the men and women of our Armed Forces worldwide that the team at BFBS seek to enhance. The BFBS and TalkSport partnership is a perfect fit."

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