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Tuesday, 7 February 2012

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The future of the breakfast show was in doubt

BBC Radio 2 controller Bob Shannon has sparked controversy at the Beeb by saying the network he controls do not want motormouth Chris Moyles when he is pensioned off from the Radio 1 breakfast show.

In an interview with the Media Guardian, Radio 1 controller Ben Copper refused to be drawn on how longer 37 year old Moyles could present the breakfast show where the audience is primarily aged 15-32. (RAJAR research)

Historically the normal home for ageing Radio 1 jocks has been the warm, comely home of Radio 2. Steve Wright, Chris Evans and Simon Mayo are just a few of the names to have made the move in recent times.

Shannon has spoken out privately about Moyles as he does not want a repeat of the troubles brought to Radio 2 by Jonathan Ross and Russel Brand - when offensive calls were made to Fawlty Towers waiter Manuel - that saw previous controller Lesley Douglas resign.

Shannon is alleged to have told the BBC Trust "The future for Moyles is local radio - perhaps Radio Leeds need an overnight presenter"

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