Why isn’t Colin Murray hosting the Northern Ireland Open this week?

Collin Murray fans will have to wait a little bit longer to see the TV presenter host a major snooker tournament once again.

The popular Eurosport anchorman is not hosting this week’s coverage of the Northern Ireland Open – unlike last year.

Murray is from Northern Ireland so many snooker fans will no doubt will have been looking forward to his insight and his enthusiastic tones in his native home country.

This week’s coverage is being hosted by fellow Eurosport presenter Andy Goldstein – who recently presented the English Open for the Disney owned channel.

Colin Murray. Picture by Monique Limbos

But Murray, who used to host BBC Two show Match of the Day 2, has revealed he has been unable to make the trip to Belfast due to his football presenting commitments on Eurosport’s sister freeview channel Quest.

The former BBC Radio One disc-jockey hosts the channel’s EFL (English Football League) highlights programme each week.

But it soon won’t be long before snooker fans will hear Murray bantering away with the likes of Ronnie O’Sullivan and Jimmy White on the Eurosport sofa.

That’s because Murray has revealed he will be back on snooker hosting duty later this month for the whole of the UK Championship.

The UK Championship gets underway on Tuesday, November 27.

Earlier this year we reported how Murray had raised thousands to help save Chester FC by organising a charity match.

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