Aled Haydn Jones
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Aled Haydn Jones
Aled Haydn Jones was the daytime producer and later producer of The Chris Moyles Show.
Early life and career
Aled was born on August 9th 1976 in Aberystwyth, West Wales. His family owned one of the town's most popular cafes - Caffi Morgan - and he lived with his parents above the premises. A fluent Welsh-speaker, Aled went to Ysgol Gymraeg Aberystwyth (a Welsh language primary school), before going on to the town's Welsh-medium secondary school, Ysgol Gyfun Penweddig.
Aled began his career in radio at the age of just 14, presenting on hospital radio. He then moved onto community radio, helping out local station Radio Ceredigion when it launched in 1992. After leaving school the same year, Aled signed up for a course in computer programming at his local college, but left soon after to do a BTEC qualification in Media Studies at Swansea College instead.
BBC Radio 1
Aled started his career at the BBC by working as a runner on The National Lottery. He then joined Radio 1 from Television Centre in June 1999 as a broadcast assistant on the Roadshow, during its final year. The demise of the traditional roadshow led to the launch of One Big Sunday in 2000 - a series of open-air concerts held by Radio 1 every week across the UK. Aled was part of the launch team which helped helped book bands and transport for the shows, which is how he first got to know Chris Moyles. A stint working behind the scenes on Chris's One Big Belly tour followed.
That summer a brand new TV show also launched - Channel 4's Big Brother. It was Aled who got Chris hooked on the show, so much so that when the second series launched in 2001, Aled (then working with Dave Pearce) was invited by Chris onto his afternoon show to do a one-off review of the first programme. He ended up staying for the whole series, following every twist and turn of the house and its housemates. He became known as BB Aled, a name that has stuck through the years - even though the show's coverage of Big Brother gradually decreased.
After working as a sound editor on The Top 40 in late 2001, Aled joined Scott Mills on the Early Breakfast Show as Acting Producer in March 2002. Five months later, Aled left to join Chris' afternoon show on a permanent basis. He took over from Lizzie Buckingham as Broadcast Assistant, hear the switchover here. After a short spell as FA Aled, reporting on Fame Academy, Aled returned to his self-penned job-description, "Chris Moyles' Bitch" in December.
The Chris Moyles Show
In January 2004 Aled was part of the team that launched the Chris Moyles Breakfast Show, describing the first day as "terrifying yet such a rush. I felt as though the entire world was listening!". Later that year, he was part of download chart toppers Mouldy Lookin' Stain and, in what he described as a "slightly embarrassing" title, he was named Male Rear Of The Year. Aled was officially handed his role as day producer in June 2005, replacing Will Kinder. As of 2006, he also helps choose the music that goes on Radio 1's playlist.
Aled had some memorable moments on the show over the years, including the time he invaded Capital FM - and the time he was blindfolded while Chris and Dave poured Pot Noodle down his back. He has also recorded the song parodies Show Me The Way To Aberystwyth and That's My Goal. On 28 January 2005 the show was broadcast live from his home town of Aberystwyth. In July 2006 Aled, who couldn't swim until a few months beforehand, swam a mile to raise nearly £69,000 for Sport Relief.
Post-Chris Moyles Show work
From 2008 until 2015, Aled was a presenter on BBC Radio 1's Sunday Surgery show, now known as The Surgery, which is a show giving advice to listeners about all kinds of subjects. Aled also performs DJ sets at venues around the country, and is working on his first book as of 2013.
Since 2003 Aled's TV credits have included regular appearances as a judge on the S4C Welsh language talent show Waw Ffactor. He has also appeared on Newsnight, Big Brother's Little Brother, as a guest presenter on Top of the Pops - and famously, as an extra in hit American TV drama 24. He is in the background during Episode 23 of Season 4, when Michelle Dessler is talking to Edgar Stiles on the video phone.
In 2007, he was a contestant on BBC series Celebrity Scissorhands, in which celebrities were trained as hairdressers by top stylist Lee Stafford. He finished second. In 2011, he co-presented OMG with Peaches Geldof on ITV2, and later that year he was a panellist on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here Now! on the same channel, giving his opinions on the hit ITV show.
In 2014, Aled received his first TV producer credit after working on a Hip Hop-themed Mastermind special for BBC Television.
Aled had his own personal website, , where you could read his regular blogs. As of September 2014, it appears that site is now closed. He also used to post here at chrismoyles.net. Aled is openly gay and currently in a relationship. His favourite food is chips and beans and his favourite colour is blue. Aled has a dog called Moshi. He and his dog are both on Twitter.
- From the ages of 12-15, Aled won first prize in the Urdd National Eisteddfod for his Michael Jackson disco dancing!
- When he lived in Swansea, Aled was shot at twice.
- US Basketball star Denis Rodman once threatened to be over and "in his ass".
- He loves woo-woos (a cocktail made up of peach schnapps, vodka and cranberry juice).
|The Chris Moyles Show (Radio 1)|
|Team Members:||Final Lineup:||Chris Moyles, David Vitty, Dominic Byrne, Tina Daheley, Aled Haydn Jones, Freya Last, Pippa Taylor-Hackett, Other contributors|
|Past:||Rachel Jones, Carrie Davis, Matt Fincham, Juliette Ferrington, Samantha Moy, Jocelin Stainer|
|Regular Features:||Dave's Tedious Link, Rob DJ's Monday Night Pub Quiz, Car Park Catchphrase, The Golden Hour, McFly Day|
|Downloads:||Full Shows (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), Podcasts|