Lee Clayton has been confirmed as the new Head of talkSPORT, a newly created role within the Wireless Organisation.
Clayton joins the radio station having departed his role as Head of Sport at the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and MailOnline, where he spent 14 years at Associated News.
In his new role, Clayton is to oversea the broadcasting of the sports radio station where he will be responsible for all output on the main talkSPORT channel and all live sport on the sister station talkSPORT 2.
Before joining the Daily Mail, Clayton spent three years presenting a Sunday morning breakfast show on talkSPORT while sports editor at the Sunday People.
A journalist of 30 years’ experience, Clayton will sit across a major drive to integrate the sports content with teams across all the platforms within the News UK group – including The Times, The Sun and the Sunday Times.
Commenting on the acquisition, Scott Taunton, Wireless CEO, said: “Lee is a fantastic hire for talkSPORT and will be an excellent addition to talkSPORT’s first-class team.
“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.
“This is a great hire 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.”
Clayton had previously overseen the merger of the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and Mail Online in 2014.
During his time there, he helped contribute to significant awards including The Daily Mail winning the Award for Newspaper of the Year in 2017 and the Sports Journalism Award for best sports newspaper four years consecutively.
Clayton added: “I feel incredibly privileged to be given the opportunity to work with some outstanding people at talkSPORT, in what is already an extremely established brand in the sporting landscape. talkSPORT is must-listen radio and I look forward to leading the station.
“I’ll be working closely with News UK colleagues at The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times to integrate our content and bring our listeners the very best possible sporting output.”
News of the recruitment follows talkSPORT’s announcement this week that it has acquired the exclusive rights to England’s cricket tour of India in 2020-21.
The radio station now owns all UK radio broadcast rights of England’s major overseas tours until 2021 and will exclusively broadcast England’s tour of the West Indies later this month on talkSPORT 2.