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News International’s flagship red-top The Sun will put its new £1 million broadcast studios (pictured) to good use by launching its own on…

imageNews International’s flagship red-top The Sun will put its new £1 million broadcast studios (pictured) to good use by launching its own online-only radio station. Sun Talk goes live on April 20 and will broadcast for three hours each weekday between 10 am and 1 pm, as Mediaweek reports. Sun columnist and former TalkSport presenter Jon Gaunt will host the station and his first guest is Conservative Party leader David Cameron. NI has set a target of 150,000 listeners within its first year. Publishers such as Telegraph Media Group, which invested heavily in its Telegraph TV, and Guardian News and Media produce well-received podcasts and video but no newspaper so far has launched an audio-only, online radio station. Although, it remains to be seen whether The Sun’s three million readers will take the time out of their day to tune in.

Sun Online chief Pete Picton this week told C21media.net in an interview that he wasn’t planning to launch long-form, online video programming, but didn’t say anything about radio. He is, however, interested in expanding the site’ video output, perhaps by signing deals with or commissioning clips from content producers who could provide the sort of “tabloid TV’ content Sun readers like watching.

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  1. Whos going to want to listen to Jon Gaunt?

  2. bruce saunders Thursday, March 19, 2009

    I will and thousands more

  3. Jonathan Mince Friday, March 20, 2009

    " Who's going to want to listen to Jon Gaunt?"

    Jon Gaunt

  4. gwendoline lamb Friday, March 20, 2009

    I CERTAINLY WILL BE LISTENING ON APRIL 20TH AND WISH GAUNTY AND THE SUN EVERY SUCCESS IN THIS ENTERPRISING NEW VENTURE!! BUT PLEASE`SPELL OUT TO ME BY EMAIL EXACTLY HOW I LISTEN??? IS IT ON DIGITAL READIO??? I HOPE SO!

  5. Patrick Smith Friday, March 20, 2009

    @Gwendoline, you can listen live on The Sun's website, http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/, and I believe there will be a listen-again option as well if you miss it. The station doesn't have a DAB radio license, so you can only get it through your PC or internet-enabled phone for now.

  6. This is the best place for Gaunt.

    Had some great offers my arse……….

    How much lower can he go to get back on the radio and spout his nonsense.

  7. paul sturtridge Wednesday, March 25, 2009

    very dissapointed with you jon what about all hardworking people like me, truckers and white van man that cant listen to you on normal radio it stinks ps have to go on benifits so i can listen like all of rest of the scroungers so much for sticking up for the working man

  8. i agree, i miss gaunty on talk sport and wont be able to hear him as i drive during the day and unable to access the internet

  9. Go luck Jon,I wish you success with this new venture,I miss listening to you on a morning,can't wait for 20th April,by the way it's my birthday that day..nice birtday present..good luck.

  10. Keith Boston Friday, April 17, 2009

    Welcome back Jon,I have missed you on the radio these last few months. The old station turned into drab and dreary listening " sport,sport and more sport".Best of luck for Monday I for one will be listening.
    Keith ( The Fat B—–d from The ARTRIX THEATRE in Bromsgrove.

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