Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Colin Murray steps in as sub for Chiles in BBC World Cup squad

Colin Murray received a World Cup call-up last night as BBC chiefs drafted in a replacement for Adrian Chiles.

The Dundonald DJ's duties in South Africa will include the nightly 10pm highlights programme on BBC Two.

The 33-year-old Radio 5 Live host, who also fronts Channel Five's coverage of Europa League matches, described his selection as “mind-blowing”.

After thanking Five for letting him join the BBC's squad in South Africa, Murray said: “Going to the World Cup is mind-blowing for me as a football fan.

“It's an absolute honour to become part of what Match of the Day stands for. I will do my best to bring everything I have to the table and the hallowed sofa.

“I can't imagine how nervous I will be sitting there and hearing that theme tune. I like a laugh but I am serious also about football and the impartiality required to respect all football fans.”

Chiles agreed a £6 million contract over four years with ITV after being angered by the BBC's decision to replace him with Chris Evans on the One Show on Friday nights.

Speaking at the launch of the corporation's coverage in South Africa, host Gary Lineker said: “Obviously he is dissatisfied with things. I don't think it is a major surprise.”

Alan Hansen said he expected Chiles to prosper at ITV, saying: “I did one programme a month with Adrian and it was totally different from doing it with Gary or with Des (Lynam). I think he'll do very well at ITV.”

Murray's role as presenter on the Sunday night Premier League highlights show on BBC Two kicks off at the start of the 2010-2011 season.

Chiles, meanwhile, will front the World Cup for ITV and present GMTV five days a week.

It was also revealed that Germany legend Jurgen Klinsmann, Dutch star Clarence Seedorf and Man City's Emmanuel Adebayor will join the BBC’s line-up of World Cup analysts.

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