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Wednesday, 23 October, 2002, 11:39 GMT 12:39 UK
Moyles is 'most irritating' DJ
Chris Moyles
Afternoon "saviour": BBC Radio 1's Chris Moyles
Motormouth radio presenter Chris Moyles is Britain's most irritating DJ, a survey has claimed.

The poll - conducted to promote a mobile phone service - said listeners did not like the way he waffled instead of naming the records he played.

Joint runners-up in the poll were his BBC Radio 1 colleague Sara Cox and Radio 2's Terry Wogan, who both host breakfast shows.

Chris Tarrant - of London station Capital FM - comes in at fourth, closely followed by Jonathan Ross from Radio 2.

Zoe Ball, who now broadcasts on London-based Xfm, and Radio 2's Steve Wright were also named in the poll.

Sara Cox
Irritating? Sara Cox

Some 1,000 voters were given a list of questions, including one which asked which DJs they felt neglected to name tunes.

It was an open question, with no list of DJs given. Chris Moyles got 15% of the vote.

Jingle-playing and constant chat at the expense of playing music were also named as a major annoyance.

Wake-up call

Playing music that listeners did not like was another irritant - the third most common - and many said shows did not have enough news coverage.

The poll is published the day before the radio industry reveals its official quarterly listening figures.

A spokesman for Shazam - which claims to be able to name records played down the phone - said the survey should act as a wake-up call to DJs.

Marketing director Vijay Solanki - who used to work at Capital FM - said: "I know from personal experience that radio presenters can have an annoying habit of not telling you about the music they have just played."

But Radio 1 was not impressed, branding the survey a "cheap publicity stunt".

"Chris's programme is the biggest in the country so he must be doing something right," a spokesman added.

What do you think?

Has Chris Moyles been unfairly criticised? What makes a good DJ? Who is your favourite - or least favourite - and why?

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