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Chris Moyles to depart Radio 1 breakfast in September

By | Published on Wednesday 11 July 2012

Chris Moyles

Chris Moyles will leave the Radio 1 breakfast show at the end of September, it has been confirmed, and will be replaced by Nick Grimshaw.

As much previously reported, Radio 1 management has been criticised for some time regarding the Moyles breakfast show, with some arguing that the 38 year old was not reaching the BBC station’s target youth demographic, and others that the nation’s favourite should be constantly looking to innovate, rather than celebrating the fact the incumbent was the network’s longest serving breakfast DJ. But then the Moyles show continued to perform well in the ratings, and while his presenting style has always divided opinion, millions remain loyal to his programme.

Commentators have speculated at various points in recent years that Moyles might be able to leave the BBC pop station, and at one point there was much denied rumour that he was in talks with Global Radio about moving to Capital. But when it was announced that the DJ had renewed his contract with Radio 1 until the start of 2014, what would be the tenth anniversary of his breakfast show, many assumed he would stay on the prime time slot until then, despite newish Controller Ben Cooper more overtly trying to overcome criticism, both externally and from the BBC Trust, that Radio 1 just wasn’t youthful enough.

Confirming he would depart in September, Moyles said simply: “We’re off. I wanted to let you know. A couple more months of us, then it’s someone else’s turn. Thank you for listening”.

While Cooper said: “I’d like to thank Chris. Quite simply he’s been the most successful breakfast show host in Radio 1 history. He’s done it for more than eight and half years and he’s been fantastic”.