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Profile: Adrian Chiles

19 April 10 12:46 GMT

Television presenter Adrian Chiles, who has quit the BBC to join ITV and GMTV, has already had a long and varied career in broadcasting.

The 43-year-old, who was born in Quinton, Birmingham, to an English father and Croatian mother, began working as a sports journalist after he graduated from university.

An initial stint of work experience with the BBC led him to present Radio 4's Financial World Tonight in 1993.

Chiles's career developed in two directions, with his passion for football fuelling one distinct strand.

He also became a regular fixture in business broadcasting, notably as one of the main presenters of BBC Two's Working Lunch.

With his distinct West Midlands accent and unconventional looks, he stood out on both the screen and airwaves.

Chiles became one of the broadcasting pioneers on the BBC's new rolling news and sports station, BBC Radio Five Live, which launched in 1994.

He was one of the first voices on the new station, and initially put his business savvy to use.

But he later moved into football, going on to present the 6-0-6 show and his self-produced Chiles On Saturday show, which won a prestigious Sony Gold Award in 2002.

His profile as a football broadcaster grew when he became the presenter of Match of The Day 2, and in 2006 was one of the hosts of the BBC's World Cup coverage from Germany.

Increasing exposure

In 2008, he became one of the presenters of the corporation's coverage from the Beijing Olympics.

But Chiles stepped up into another league in 2006 when the BBC piloted a new weekday early evening magazine programme, The One Show.

The light-hearted digest was initially co-presented by Nadia Sawalha, who was replaced by Myleene Klass.

Chiles weathered the storm of changing co-hosts and was eventually joined by Christine Bleakley, forging a combination that proved a hit with viewers.

Increasing exposure put Chiles in the spotlight, with reports about his private life generating tabloid newsprint.

In 2009 he divorced his wife Jane Garvey, a co-presenter from his days on Five Live.

And earlier this year, trivial matters like his decision to grow a beard and wear it on-screen was a matter for press speculation.

But last month the BBC's decision to recruit Radio 2 breakfast host Chris Evans as the Friday night presenter of The One Show caused Chiles consternation.

When his move to ITV was announced, he said he was "disappointed" by the BBC's decision, and would have been happy to stay if the format had not been altered.

"I've spent all my working life at the BBC," Chiles said, who is now signed to ITV and GMTV for a four-year stretch and will be at the forefront of breakfast and football television there.

His departure will break up the warm on-screen partnership he has with Christine Bleakley on The One Show, and will leave a hole which is expected to be filled by recent stand-in Chris Hollins.

It will also leave a question mark over the next series of The Apprentice, as one of Chiles's BBC roles was presenting its spin-off, You're Fired.

The broadcaster admits his move will bring him "major new challenges", while he is bound to remain a prominent fixture on our screens.

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