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The Mother of All Talk Shows

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Genre  Political discussion
Country  UK
Syndicates  Talk 107
Running time  Friday 19:00–22:00
Language(s)  English
Home station  talkRADIO (2016 - ) talkSPORT (2006 - 2010)

The Mother of All Talk Shows is a British talk radio show hosted by the politician George Galloway on talkRADIO, a British commercial radio station owned by Wireless Group. The programme airs every Friday between 7pm and 10pm. The original show aired each Friday and Saturday night between 10pm and 1am from March 2006 and March 2010 on talkRADIO's parent station, talkSPORT.

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On 11 March 2006, Galloway began his radio show on talkSPORT, and two weeks later started a simultaneous broadcast on Talk 107, TalkSPORT's Edinburgh-based sister station. Billed as The Mother of All Talk Shows, Galloway decided to begin every broadcast with the theme from the Top Cat cartoon series, followed by an extempore monologue by Galloway, dealing primarily with political issues, economics, international relations, political philosophy and other topical issues. The title refers to Galloway's comments at the U.S. Senate "Oil For Food" hearing in May 2005, when he called the hearing "the mother of all smokescreens".

After the opening monologue, Galloway invited callers to challenge his views, with a preference for those who disagree with him and women callers. Galloway occasionally called his program The Great Debate and is different from other talk show hosts in that he willingly and ably debated hostile callers and encouraged those who strongly disagree with him to call "if you think you’re hard enough".

In June 2009, the broadcasting regulator Ofcom said that several of Galloway's Talksport programme between November 2008 and January 2009 had broken its guidelines by moving away from a debating format "to campaign on a major matter of controversy", because Galloway had called on listeners to join demonstrations against Israel because of the 2008–9 Gaza War. Ofcom rejected complaints that the programmes concerned had failed to observe its impartiality rules. Galloway stopped presenting the show on 27 March 2010, due to campaign commitments in the 2010 UK General Election.

Galloway's subsequent talkSPORT and TalkRADIO programmes

In August 2010, Galloway returned to the station with a new show in a similar format, but titled The Week with George Galloway, described by the station as a "No-holds barred review of the past seven days around the world." The end of this programme was announced in March 2012 in common with the dropping of all the non-sport elements of its schedule at the beginning of April.

Galloway began to broadcast on talkRADIO (which launched in March 2016 as a sister station to talkSPORT), after the 2016 London Mayoral election. The first programme was broadcast in the evening of 24 June 2016.

References

The Mother of All Talk Shows Wikipedia


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