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Moyles: 'We're just having a laugh'

Chris Moyles (c) and his breakfast show team
To celebrate Moyles's (centre) anniversary, his team are off on a UK tour

By Fiona Pryor
Entertainment reporter, BBC News

"The show's really successful, we're still putting the figures on, I'm still happy doing it and they're still happy me doing it.

"Plus I'm 20% cheaper than I was this time three months ago so, I'm a bargain."

Chris Moyles is celebrating his 2073rd day as Radio 1's breakfast DJ. It is an important landmark for the star and the station, as he has now beaten Tony Blackburn's reign as the longest serving breakfast host.

The broadcaster talks openly about the pay cut he received this year - along with lots of other high-profile stars, such as Jonathan Ross and Jeremy Paxman.

"No-one likes to take a pay cut," he says.

Chris Moyles on being the breakfast show host: "The truth is it's great"

"But I want to work at the BBC, which is trying to save some of its gazillions, so who am I to get in the way?"

But he says he only signed a one-year deal and is hoping that when the time comes to renew it, his pay packet will be increased again.

"Hopefully when the contract runs out and the BBC have got bags and bags of money again, I'll get some back," he laughs.

Since Moyles took over the breakfast show in 2004, taking over from Sara Cox, he has continued to boost ratings.

To celebrate Moyles's anniversary, his team are off on a UK tour to host events including karaoke nights and meeting fans.

This will invariably involve late nights and early mornings. But Moyles is used to burning the candle at both ends.

'Constant pressure'

"I'm not very good at going to bed early, I'm a real night person. I'm generally in bed around midnight so I don't get much sleep a night."

But starting work at 6am and having to be lively on air does not faze the presenter.

"I'm a little bit grumpy and a little bit slow in the morning, but then when I get into the studio I come alive and it wakes me up.

"But as far as jobs go, it's not a bad one. It works and it means that I'm free in the afternoons to watch Deal Or No Deal."

There will be a time when I won't work for Radio 1 any more, and I'll tell you when it will be - it will be sometime in the future
Chris Moyles

But he adds that the high-profile role is not as easy as some people might think.

"There are stresses in the sense that it's arguably one of the biggest radio shows in the world to do.

"There's the constant pressure about ratings, people liking the show and what you can and can't say which might offend some people," he says.

There is, of course, the constant media speculation that he is being sacked or leaving his breakfast slot.

"Newspapers like to write what they write," he sighs.

"The weird thing about this story is, it's such a non-story.

"There will be a time when I won't work for Radio 1 any more, and I'll tell you when it will be. It will be sometime in the future," he laughs.

Swearing on air

Moyles has worked in radio since he was a teenager, starting on Aire FM at the age of 16, before moving on to other local stations.

Moving to Radio 1 in 1997, he declared himself the "Saviour of Radio 1" and made certain plenty was written about him, with many critics commenting on his arrogance.

Comedy Dave and Chris Moyles
Swearing on the air is quite good for bringing the heart rate up - it's better than any work out at the gym when you accidentally say the 'f' word
Chris Moyles (right)

But when asked if he really thinks he has saved the station, Moyles says: "It was not really to be taken seriously, but everybody took it seriously."

It is not only Moyles's supposed arrogance that has been written about over the years. He has also been accused of racism, homophobia and sexism.

"We don't do anything to offend anyone deliberately," he says.

"We'd never want to upset anyone - it's not the nature of the show. We're just having a laugh. All we want to do is put a smile on someone's face on the way to work."

He does admit to slipping up occasionally, however.

"Swearing on the air is quite good for bringing the heart rate up," he says.

"It's better than any work out at the gym when you accidentally say the 'f' word.

"That's really good for going white and the blood running through your body extremely cold. I've done it once and, fingers crossed, I won't be doing it again.

"A lot of people swear everyday and then you go and meet the local vicar, you don't 'eff and jeff' all over him, you just stop and that's what we do on the show."

Moyles says he has not given the long-term future much thought.

"I've absolutely no idea," he says, before pausing.

"Maybe I'll jack it all in, maybe I'll go and do another show, maybe I'll do more TV, maybe I'll go and live in America for a year, or maybe I'll change my name and become a butcher."

After a longer pause, he laughs: "I probably won't do the last one."



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