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Sports desk staff from three local papers team up for radio phone-in

Journalists from the Hull Daily Mail, Grimsby Telegraph and Scunthorpe Telegraph are taking to the airwaves as part of a new link-up with the BBC.

The three Northcliffe titles have teamed up with BBC Radio Humberside, and sports desk staff will take part in a nightly phone-in, Sportstalk. They will speak to fans of all the clubs in the area about the big stories of the day.

Among those taking part are Hull Daily Mail sports editor Stuart Rowson and sports reporters Philip Buckingham, Charlie Mullan, Richard Tingle and James Smailes.

From the Grimsby Telegraph there will be sports editor Geoff Ford, deputy sports editor Simon Blow, and sports reporters Trevor Green and David Pye, while Scunthorpe Telegraph staff taking part include deputy sports editor Chris Sumpter and sports editor Bob Steels.

The show will go live every weekday night from 6.30pm-7.30pm, hosted by Radio Humberside sports editor David Burns and Gwilym Lloyd.

The three-way discussion has begun as a three-month pilot.

And there will be plenty to talk about as League One side Scunthorpe bid for promotion while Grimsby fight for survival in League Two and Championship side Hull do their best to keep out of the relegation zone.

The Hull Daily Mail’s Stuart Rowson said: “It’s a great chance for fans to argue the toss with us about whatever floats their boat.

“We might be in rival camps but we all know Burnsy and Gwilym well and vice versa. We’re looking forward to having a bit of friendly banter with them, and between us we might let the listeners get a word in at some stage.

“But it’s a good opportunity for our readers and Humberside’s listeners to get an insight into the people who cover their clubs. You never know, they might even learn to like us!”

The BBC’s David Burns added: “If I’m honest I don’t know what we’re going to get, much will depend on the wit and wisdom of the callers.

“Hopefully we’ll get a nice mix of the serious and not so serious and the main thing will be to entertain.” Do you have a story about the regional press?
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