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Mike Parry
Michael Alan Newton-Parry[1]

(1954-12-29) 29 December 1954 (age 65)[2]
Chester, England

Michael Alan Newton-Parry (born 29 December 1954) is an English journalist and radio presenter.

Early life

Born in Chester, Parry attended The King's School and completed his education at Trent Polytechnic (now known as Nottingham Trent University).[3]

Journalism career

After graduating, Parry became "a Fleet Street reporter" and worked on tabloid newspapers including The Sun. In the late 1990s, he served as News Editor of the Daily Express [4] and then as News Editor of the Press Association. [5] He then became a Press Officer with the Football Association.[6]

Parry has written three books. His first was Rooney Tunes, a biography of footballer Wayne Rooney published in 2006. He then co-wrote the autobiographies of his fellow talkSPORT presenter Alan Brazil - There's an Awful Lot of Bubbly in Brazil (2007) and Both Barrels from Brazil: My War On the Numpties (2008). [7] [8]


In 1999, Parry joined Talk Radio (later known as talkSPORT).[9] Parry originally co-presented the Sports Breakfast with Alan Brazil, but after the onset of health problems in 2004, he was replaced by Graham Beecroft and subsequently Ronnie Irani.

Due to the improvement in his health, Parry returned to co-host The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on Monday and Friday mornings, and sometimes stood in for Irani if he was unavailable. In 2009, Parry began presenting the 10:00–13:00 slot with Andy Townsend from Mondays to Fridays.

From June 2010, Parry began co-hosting with Mike Graham in the same slot. They were replaced by Richard Keys and Andy Gray in February 2011.[10]

Parry stood in for regular presenter Mark Chapman on 606 on Radio 5 Live on 19 February 2011 and again on 2 April 2011 alongside Robbie Savage.[11]

Parry presented the Saturday lunchtime 'Warm-Up' show on talkSPORT from mid-2017 to August 2019. Over the course of the two years, Parry had various co-hosts, including Brazil, Graham, Danny Kelly and Jason Cundy. Parry left talkSPORT after 20 years in August 2019. He finished his final show by saying: "I think I'll end with words similar to those from the immortal John Lennon- 'thank you very much indeed for listening, folks, and I hope I passed the audition'". [12] [13]


Parry started his television career as the co-presenter of the Sports Tonight Live show with Chris Cohen, broadcast on Freeview channel 112 (internet connection required) and online.[14] Sports Tonight Live went bankrupt.

Since 2018, he has made regular guest appearances on Jeremy Vine, a topical discussion programme broadcast by Channel 5.

Personal life

In 2004, Parry suffered heart failure and was treated at Harefield Hospital.[15] In the same year he was diagnosed with advanced dilated cardiomyopathy and placed on the transplant list. In April 2005, due to a combination of drug treatment and Parry's improvements in digestion and exercise, resulting in a loss of four stones in six months, he was removed from the transplant list.[16]


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  10. ^ Mike Parry quits TalkSport as Keys and Gray  get his morning slot Portsmouth News, 8 February 2011.
  11. ^ Mike Parry to present 606 on BBC Radio 5 Live BBC Press Office, 14 February 2011.
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  15. ^ Hale, Matt (11 July 2008). "Joe's a model pro". Archived from the original on 29 October 2007. Retrieved 10 September 2008.
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Preceded by
Alan Brazil
talkSPORT breakfast show host

with Alan Brazil
2001 – June 2004

Succeeded by
Alan Brazil and Graham Beecroft

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