UPDATE 1-Talksport radio signs FA Cup soccer deal

* Talksport signs deal for English FA Cup matches

* Includes Community Shield and England friendlies

LONDON, July 26 (Reuters) - Radio station Talksport

continued its expansion on Thursday by signing an agreement for

rights to broadcast FA Cup soccer matches in the UK and abroad,

as well as selected England soccer friendlies in Britain.

Talksport, owned by UTV Media Plc, said that for the

first time it would broadcast live commentary of FA Cup matches

in Britain and globally from the start of the new soccer season

up until the end of the 2017/18 season.

The group added that the deal also included worldwide rights

for the season opening Community Shield and UK rights for

selected England international friendlies.

UTV Media declined to say how much it paid for the rights.

In April Talksport, which has a UK audience of over 3.2

million listeners, agreed a deal with the English Premier League

to broadcast soccer commentaries to Asia, North America and

Africa next season.

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