The Greg James Show: Jay Tiernan says new co-host is ‘a good thing’

Image copyright Jay Tiernan Image caption Jay Tiernan and Jason Buttigieg are a radio team that co-host The Greg James Show

Jimi Buttsigieg’s role as a co-host of BBC Radio 5 Live’s breakfast show is “a good thing”, he has said.

He has shot down speculation that he has a beef with DJ Greg James, a former friend of his married to former Miss Wales Sara Hughes.

The pair are friends on air and in a real-life relationship as well.

“I did try to help him when he got [the show] – that was always the intention – but I didn’t go that far because that’s not my sort of thing,” said Buttsigieg.

“I don’t know anything at all about [Greg] being married. [That was] something I would have been more concerned about.”

And the South African beauty queen added: “We are too busy with the job to do that stuff.”

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Jeremy Vine, Ross King and former BBC Sport presenter Mark Chapman are also regular contributors to the long-running show.

James rose to fame in the last decade as a popular Facebook “DJ” before taking up his broadcasting career in 2008.

He returned to TV in 2013 as a presenter on Sky Sports’s GAA commentary team and was appointed radio play-by-play commentator for the Olympics and for England’s opening match in the World Cup in Brazil last year.

He replaces Chris Evans, who left the breakfast slot in May after seven years.

The 42-year-old has said he hopes to bring some “single-minded positivity” to the show.

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