LEE CLAYTON has been named as the new Head of talkSPORT in a major move from the Mail.
Clayton has spent 14 years in charge of the sports operation at the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and Mail Online.
But he has agreed to make the switch to the key role within the Wireless organisation, overseeing all programming across talkSPORT and talkSPORT2.
Clayton will sit across a major drive to integrate the sports content with teams across all the platforms with the News UK group – including The Times, The Sun and the Sunday Times.
Liam Fisher, National Radio Controller for talkSPORT and talkRADIO, said: “This is a great hire for us at a very exciting time for Wireless with our move to The News Building around the corner and a jam-packed sporting calendar kicking off alongside exclusive rights across a number of sports.
“I’ve no doubt Lee will complement the superb talent we already have working across talkSPORT and talkSPORT2.
“Lee brings with him a wealth of sporting knowledge and content and I was particularly struck by his passion for both radio and publishing – a key factor for us and our editorial colleagues at The Sun, The Times, and The Sunday Times.
“I am simply delighted to have someone of his calibre on board.”
Clayton added: “I am thrilled with my appointment and this opportunity to head-up the country’s leading sports radio station.
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“talkSPORT is the home of sports radio and my new role is the radio equivalent of being given the chance to have a daily kick-around with Ronaldo and Messi.
“Having spent 30 years in national newspapers as well as a three-year stint presenting on talkSPORT this feels like the perfect storm of radio and publishing coming together.”