Chris Moyles has had talks about presenting a show on BBC Radio 2 in a move that is likely to prompt further speculation about his departure from the Radio 1 breakfast show.
Radio 2 executives are understood to have approached Moyles about the project, which would explore his interest in 1980s pop music.
Industry sources said he would continue to present the breakfast show on Radio 1, in addition to the new Radio 2 series, if it goes ahead.
However, it would be his first show for Radio 2 and a significant development in the career of the presenter who has been in the Radio 1 breakfast hot seat since 2004.
A spokeswoman for Moyles said: "The show would give Chris an opportunity to show people his knowledge about music rather than just his Radio 1 persona.
"It was an idea that came from Radio 2 and it is something that Chris might be interested in doing at some point."
As well as being one of the BBC's most popular presenters, Moyles is also one of its most controversial, not least for his infamous on-air rant two years ago that he had not been paid. He later explained that he was "not a great morning person".
A Radio 2 spokeswoman said: "Radio 2 is in constant dialogue with presenters both inside and outside of the BBC about future presenting opportunities on the network over the coming years.
"However, there are no confirmed plans for Chris Moyles to present any programmes or series on Radio 2 in the near future."
Radio 1 is in the process of overhauling its lineup to target a younger audience, with Greg James recently switched to the drivetime slot in place of Scott Mills and a revamp of its specialist DJs that saw the exit of Judge Jules and Gilles Peterson. James is tipped as a possible replacement for Moyles on the Radio 1 breakfast show.
There is a long tradition of Radio 1 DJs moving to Radio 2 including Jo Whiley, Mark Radcliffe, Dave Pearce, Trevor Nelson, Zoe Ball and Chris Evans (albeit with an eight-year gap).
Moyles signed a new £1m contract with the BBC last year that will keep him at the corporation until 2014.
However, it remains to be seen whether he will remain on the breakfast show – or at Radio 1 – for the duration of the two-and-a-half-year deal.
BBC Radio 1 controller Ben Cooper refused to be drawn on Moyles' future in an interview with the Guardian in February.
Asked about his contract and whether he would still be around to celebrate his 10th anniversary on the breakfast show in 2014, Cooper said: "That is a private and confidential issue, but he has got a contract with Radio 1.
"Whether it's breakfast or Radio 1, that is for me to know. Chris and I have talked about it and that's something that will stay between me and him."
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