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Chris Moyles

Christopher Moyles is an English broadcaster, best known for his work on BBC Radio 1.

Family and Personal Life

Chris and his parents

Chris Moyles was born in Leeds on February 22nd 1974, the youngest member of the Moyles family.

He has one older brother, Kieron, who works as a promotions executive in London and was born on June 8th. His dad Chris used to work for the post office, and is now retired. His mum Hannah Veronica (aka "VIP Vera"), is also retired, and used to work as a school assistant. Chris' parents still live together in Leeds.

Chris is currently dating an unnamed lady as of September 2015. He split up with his long-term girlfriend Sophie Waite in 2010. Before Sophie, Chris dated ex-children's TV presenter Ana Boulter. The pair met in March 1999, and eventually split up in December 2001, to much publicity. Prior to that Chris had a long relationship with Helen Legh, who he met while working for the GWR network. Helen is now the breakfast DJ on Sundays for BBC Three Counties Radio.

In February 2014, it was reported that a court found that Chris tried to avoid paying up to £1 million of income tax in a scheme where he claimed to be a second-hand car dealer. He said on Twitter that he took "full responsibility" and "learned a valuable lesson".

Career

As well as presenting various radio shows, Moyles has worked on a number of television projects, including Chris Moyles' Quiz Night for Channel 4, Live With Chris Moyles on Channel 5 and The Chris Moyles Show for UK Play. He has also released two parody albums; The Parody Album in 2009 and The Difficult Second Album, released in 2012.

On 30 June 2014, it was reported that Chris had announced that he has retired from showbusiness after a 20 year career in radio and TV. The following day, Chris took to Twitter to deny that he had retired and accused the journalist who broke the 'story' of making it up.

The Early Days

A young Moyles

Chris began his radio career at an early age, working for a hospital radio station in Wakefield - located in the top of a very large building in a mental unit! He also worked at the weekends on Radio Top Shop, a fact that has been mentioned lots on the show throughout the years.

After leaving school with five GCSEs at the age of 16, Chris joined Aire FM in Leeds (now Radio Aire), initially making cups of tea for Carol Vorderman. He then moved abroad at the age of 18 to present on the world famous Radio Luxembourg (where he used the name Chris Holmes, Holmes being his mothers maiden name).

After he had worked there for nine months the station was shut down, so Chris went back to Yorkshire and worked for The Pulse in Bradford, until he was fired eleven months later. Work at other radio stations up and down the country followed - including Signal Radio in Stoke, GWR Radio in Bristol, Northants FM, Chiltern Radio in Dunstable and Horizon FM in Milton Keynes.

In 1996 Chris secured a move to London station Capital FM, where he presented his show The Late Bit each weekend. Without any co-presenters or sidekicks, Chris’ unique style was more obviously seen, and he gained a cult following for his late night antics. He would regularly impersonate his fellow DJs, cut off and abuse any dull callers, and invite women listeners into the studio. (Including the time he painted a naked listeners breasts, live on air).

Early Chris.jpg
His catalogue of features included Throwing CDs at the Studio Clock, I don’t want to go to work tomorrow and (the amazing) True or False.

Chris was also credited with bringing Britpop music to Capital, in particular Oasis, which he claims Alan McGee still loves him for.

Audio clips from Chris’s local radio career can be found in the Antique Moyles section of our Sound Vault.

By the beginning of 1997, people were beginning to talk - and Chris was voted as one of the “Faces for '97” by Sky Magazine. After a year at Capital, the opposition came calling. Kiss 100, London's dance station, wanted him to present their breakfast show, but Chris declined the offer.

Radio One (1997 - 2012)

Chris' no-holds barred approach eventually brought him to the attention of BBC Radio 1 bosses Jeff Smith and Andy Parfitt. After a drunken night out with (then) controller Matthew Bannister, Chris was persuaded to join the station. He did so on Monday 28th July 1997 and styled himself as "The Saviour of Early Morning Radio".

At the age of 23, he also became Radio One's second youngest DJ ever. The only one younger was Noel Edmonds.

The Early Bit (1997 - 1998)

Main article: The Early Bit

Chris’s first show on Radio One was The Early Bit, which went out Monday - Friday from 4-7am.

Chris and Dave in the early days
Joined at first by producer Simon Barnett and broadcast assistant Jude Adam, Chris soon developed a friendship with fellow overnight host Clive Warren, who made regular appearances on the show. As too did Dave Vitty, at the time a technical operative, working as the London based button puncher on the Mark and Lard Breakfast Show.

Soon Dave, christened "Comedy Dave" because he wasn't very funny, joined the show alongside new producer, Ben Cooper.

The show added 200,000 listeners before the end of 1997, boosting Chris’ listenership to over a million. He was handed the additional 6-9am Saturday Breakfast Show as a result.

This is the show on which Moyles first worked with Simon Hollis (aka Melinda), who’d later go on to work on the afternoon show.

The Saturday Show (1998 - 2001)

Main article: The Saturday Show

The Saturday version of Chris' show used to be a great way to start the weekend proper.

Still often mentioned lots on air years after it ended, it ran for over three and a half years, and was often performed under a haze of booze from the night before. It was also the show on which Moyles and Dave first worked with their future Breakfast Show producer, Rachel Jones.

On April 25th 1998 Chris was promoted from his previous 6-9am Saturday slot, as Radio One revamped their weekend schedules. He was given the new 10am-1pm show, produced by Richard Murdoch - and less than ably assisted by "Baldie" Greg Young.

The show also often contained slightly bizarre competitions, the most famous probably being Hello, I'm Listening. This involved Chris phoning up someone, who would then have to answer with "Hello, I'm Listening". There would also be variations of this, with different phrases. Sometimes callers would be from the phone books of the team, or from emails into the show.

Afternoons (1998 - 2003)

Main article: Afternoon Show

On Monday 12th October 1998, Chris Moyles was allowed out to play in daylight. Given a new, lucrative two year contract - partly to prevent Chris Evans from poaching him to go to rival commercial station Virgin Radio - Chris was promoted to front the late afternoon show (originally called The Afternoon Bit), initially from 4 - 5.45pm and later from 3 - 5:45.

Joined initially by Dave and Ben, the slot became home to Chris for over half a decade, and it was in the afternoons that he really established himself as a household name.

You can download edited afternoon shows here.

The Breakfast Show (2004 - 2012)

Main article: The Chris Moyles Show

On Monday January 5th 2004 at 7am, the breakfast radio revolution began.

Chris' first show kicked off with a simply unforgettable five minute opener, put together by imaging company Music4 (the company who made all of Chris' jingles). Comedy Dave called it "quietly understated", and it undoubtedly ranks up there as one of the shows’ greatest ever moments.

The show ended in September 2012 with a special live broadcast from the BBC Radio Theatre in London.

A (soon to be) complete archive of the Breakfast Show (edited to remove music and news/sport) is available here

After the Breakfast Show

Chris was contracted to Radio 1 until 2014, though he did not appear on the station between September 2012 and 2014.

On 30 September 2014, Chris tweeted that he had had a meeting about "never doing radio EVER again. Signed, sealed and delivered".

Radio X

Main article: The Chris Moyles Breakfast Show


In the summer of 2015, it was strongly rumoured that Moyles would be returning to radio as part of Xfm's rebranding to Radio X.

On 6 September 2015, Chris Moyles posted a video on his YouTube channel called "It's Time", in which his footsteps are shown leading him to the attic, where he pulls out a box marked "Do Not Open Until 2015"...

He later posted a picture on Twitter bearing the words:

RADIO X MONDAY 21ST SEPT 06:30

In an interview with The Sun, he officially announced that he would be presenting The Chris Moyles Breakfast Show from 21 September, going head to head with Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw, who replaced Moyles in 2012.

Dominic Byrne and Pippa Taylor will be returning to work with Moyles on the new show.

TV / Film Work

Away from his work on radio, Chris has also appeared on television and in films, with varying degress of success.

The Chris Moyles Show (1998)

Chris' first major TV work came in 1998, when he was given his own weekly show on the now-defunct UK satellite and cable channel UK Play. The Chris Moyles Show featured both Chris and Comedy Dave presenting a rather odd but amusing half hour mix of music videos, features and celebrity guests.

Items on the programme included Viewers Letters, Fake Interviews, Goodbye Song and The Bubble Rapper. The show ran for two series’, and you can view nine full episodes in our Video Vault, including the infamous "carrots" episode - where Dave inserted carrots up his nostrils.

In 1999, Chris joined forces with MTV star Donna Air to host a revival of the ground-breaking music show The Tube. The duo presented a one-off extravaganza on Saturday 20th November for Sky One, beamed live from the show's original home, the Tyne Tees studio in Newcastle.

In June 2001, Chris was also a one off guest presenter on Channel 4’s The Big Breakfast, joining co host Richard Bacon.

Following the long-standing tradition of Radio 1 DJs presenting the show, Moyles also appeared several times on the BBC’s former music show Top of the Pops - first with Jamie Theakston at the TOTP Awards, and then later in 2004/2005 (on one occasion with the entire radio show team).

Live With Chris Moyles (2002)

Produced by former Radio One DJ Chris Evans and his UMTV production company, Live With Chris Moyles (working title Chris Moyles Live) was commissioned for a 13-week run on Channel 5, starting in September, airing five nights a week at 7pm.

It was seen as a successor to Evans' TFI Friday and Chris' big chance to make a name for himself on TV. Broadcasting live from a pub in North London, Chris would host the show from behind the bar, with features such as Push The Pint and Off The Top Of My Head. He was determined to make his new project a big success, despite the clash with his radio work (his Radio 1 show finished at 5:45, just over an hour before his TV show began).

Unfortunately, things didn't quite go according to plan. Ten minutes into the first show, a caller made a four letter outburst live on the air, and it was practically downhill from there. Viewing figures dropped as low as 200,000 and Chris eventually departed by "mutual consent" in January 2003.

He was replaced for the second series by XFM DJ Christian O'Connell. You can see a few clips from the programme in the chrismoyles.net Video Vault here, and check our TV Reviews Archive to read more.

Chris Moyles Quiz Night (2009 - 2012)

Chris Moyles' Quiz Night aired on Channel 4 in the UK between 2009 and 2012. Star guests would compete along with Moyles in a quiz where the prize was an item from Chris' home (this was dropped after series 1). Quiz Night ran for five series between 2009 and 2012 before being axed by Channel 4.

Love Machine (2012 - 2013)

Chris teamed up with TV personality Stacey Solomon to present a dating show, Love Machine, for Sky Living which began airing in 2012. The show was axed after a second series in 2013.

Miscellaneous TV Work

His other TV credits include his infamous appearance on Never Mind the Buzzcocks (1998), plus Showbiz Weekly (1998), Casting Couch (1999), A Question of Pop (2000), The 100 Greatest Kids TV Shows (2001), I Love the 1990s (2001), The Springer Show (2001), Fame Academy (2002), Patrick Kielty .. Almost Live (2002), Stupid Punts (2002, 2003), This Is Your Life - David Dickinson (2003), Bo Selecta (2003), Later with Jools Holland (2003), Big Brother's Little Brother (2003, 2004, 2005), BBC FA Cup MOTD (2004), Reverse-A-Word (2004), Children In Need (2005) and Comic Relief: Red Nose Night Live (2005).

Chris was also the voice behind The Villa on Sky One, and appeared in the video for Avid Merrion’s 2003 single Proper Crimbo. He is a frequent guest on ITV's daytime show This Morning.

In 2006, he made an appearance with his family (his brother Kieron, his then-girlfriend Sophie and his parents; Vera and Chris Snr.) on the first episode of ITV1's newly revamped All Star Family Fortunes show, losing to fellow Radio 1 DJ Fearne Cotton and her family. He also had a brief role in BBC1's hotel drama Hotel Babylon.

In 2010, Chris wrote and presented a one-off documentary for the BBC called When Moyles Met the Radio 1 Breakfast DJs, in which he met most of the previous BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Shows DJs since the station launched in 1967, with the notable exceptions of Chris Evans and Noel Edmonds. In 2012, he presented a one-off comedy showcase called Chris Moyles' Comedy Empire, also on the BBC.

Since moving to the Breakfast Show, Chris has also become a movie star - featuring in three blockbuster films. Not visually, but as a radio DJ. The films in question are 2004's Wimbledon (clip here), and 2005's Robots and War of the Worlds. His face also appeared on a character in a video game based on the TV series 24.

X Factor: Battle of the Stars

In May/June 2006 Moyles appeared on a celebrity version of ITV’s music talent competition X-Factor, entitled X Factor: Battle Of The Stars. Under the stewardship of Louis Walsh, Chris reached the semi finals, losing out to rugby player Matt Stevens and the eventual winner, actress Lucy Benjamin. Over the course of seven consecutive nights, Chris wowed the crowds with his performances of What A Wonderful World, Burning Love and Ain’t That A Kick In The Head (click the links for audio).

Theatre

Jesus Christ Superstar

In September 2012, Chris made his stage debut playing King Herod in a revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Jesus Christ Superstar alongside Melanie Chisholm and Tim Minchin.

Books

Chris has written two autobiographies, The Gospel According to Chris Moyles and The Difficult Second Book, published in 2006 and 2007 respectively.

Music

The Parody Album was recorded and released in 2009. A follow-up, The Difficult Second Album, was released in 2012.

YouTube Channel

In 2011, Chris set up his own personal YouTube channel, ChrisMoylesOfficial.

Initially, he only posted a few videos of himself at BBC Television Centre; showing off the new set of Quiz Night and searching for the old 'Broom Cupboard' presentation studio with Andi Peters. However, in September 2014, he returned to YouTube with his Ice Bucket Challenge video and a video blog called "A Week In The Life Of Chris Moyles", including some celebrity guests. "A Week in the Life..." was last made on 4 December 2014 and there have been no further videos in this series as of September 2015.

Chris has since marked the old videos on his channel as private, leaving only the Ice Bucket Challenge and his 'Week in the Life of' videos available.

Other work

On 14 June 2004, Chris appeared in a cameo role on long-running BBC Radio 4 soap The Archers.

After the Breakfast Show ended in 2012, Chris and some members of the team including Dominic and Aled went on tour around the UK with an 80 minute live show featuring karaoke with a live band and comedy.

In 2014, Chris joined Ant and Dec on the Sheffield date of their Saturday Night Takeaway live tour as a guest announcer.

Controversies

Main article: Chris Moyles controversies


Moyles has been involved in many controversial incidents, including allegations of sexism, homophobia and tax avoidance.

Trivia

  • Chris was nearly named Rory Moyles by his mum.
  • The first record on his afternoon show was "Where's The Love" by Hanson, played on 12/10/98.
  • His last record on the afternoon show was "My Way" by Sid Vicious, played on 05/12/03.
  • Chris began the Breakfast show by playing "Flowers In The Rain", by The Move. This was also the first record played on Radio 1 when it launched in 1967.
  • The American voiceovers heard between songs on Chris' shows were done by Paul Turner. Paul has worked on a wide range of American radio stations/shows through the years, including Howard Stern and K-ROCK in New York. He is currently the image voice for CNN and Fox Major League Baseball in the States, and began recording material for Moyles when he worked in local radio.
  • Before he joined Radio One, Chris used to post regularly to Usenet radio newsgroups (he's a closet geek!). You can view a collection of Chris's postings here: [1]
  • Chris is managed by Vivienne Clore, a talent agent specialising in comedy and multi-skilled presenters. He has been with Vivienne since summer 2000, and was previously managed by ex Radio One DJ Bruno Brookes.
  • On 6 August 2003, he was involved in a car crash alongside Comedy Dave. Both escaped unhurt.
  • In 2005 it was leaked to The Sun newspaper that Chris was on a contract with Radio One worth '£630,000 per year'; more than double the second-highest earner on the station.
Contact Information
Twitter: @chrismoyles Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chrismoylesofficial
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/chrismoylesofficial Email: N/A
Agent: enquiries@jamesgrant.co.uk
The Chris Moyles Show (Radio X)
Team Members: Chris Moyles, Dominic Byrne, Pippa Taylor-Hackett, Dave Masterman
Regular Features: Rob DJ's Monday Night Pub Quiz, The Platinum Hour, The Wheel of Inappropriate Songs
Downloads: 2015
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