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Three Legends show axed, says former Middlesbrough star Slaven
5:34pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
FORMER Middlesbrough striker Bernie Slaven has blamed money problems for the axing of the Three Legends radio show.
The football phone-in has been running for the past 14 years.
After a 13 year run, the show was dumped by Real Radio in 2012, when it cited a gradual decline in listeners.
Darlington-based Star Radio stepped into the breach and the show which has featured Slaven, Malcolm Macdonald and Richard Ord among others was given a new lease of life.
This afternoon, however, Slaven announced the show was no more.
"Sincere apologies to our ardent listeners and followers over the last 14 years regarding the Three Legends show," he said in a statement posted on www.bernieslaven.co.uk. "If we're being honest behind the scenes we've been fighting against the tide financially for over a year now.
"Unfortunately, Star Radio has admitted and told us that they simply cannot afford us or the show.
"We'd like to thank everyone who has listened and contributed over the years, you have made us the number one North-East sports show."
In its pomp the show was broadcast on Century Radio with Eric Gates representing Sunderland.
While Slaven and Macdonald remained throughout its 14-year run, Gates unexpectedly departed in 2007 and was replaced by Micky Horswill, who in turn was replaced by Ord.
A response has been requested from Star Radio.
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