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DJ Whale to make radio comeback

James Whale (pic: Talksport)
James Whale spent 13 years as a presenter at Talksport

Broadcaster James Whale, who was sacked as a Talksport radio host in May, is to become a guest presenter on local London station LBC.

Whale, who lost his job after urging listeners to vote for Boris Johnson as London's mayor, will cover the late-night show for a week in August.

The 56-year-old has worked on shopping channel Bid TV since he was dismissed.

LBC also said Mr Johnson's predecessor as mayor, Ken Livingstone, would host a regular weekend show from next month.

Mr Livingstone made his debut on the station by covering for regular afternoon host Jeni Barnett.

"He displayed his passion for London, a point that was not lost on even the most sceptical of listeners," said LBC programme director Jonathan Richards.

'Class act'

James Whale will stand-in for veteran LBC presenter Clive Bull, and will host six live phone-in programmes.

The broadcaster, who began his career on Metro Radio in Newcastle in 1974, has become synonymous with live phone-ins.

His programme on Talksport ran for 13 years until he broke Ofcom rules by showing political bias.

Whale presented a weekend afternoon show on LBC in 1994 and said he was "really excited" to be going back to the station.

Mr Richards said Whale was "a class act who appreciates the art of great conversation".

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