Monday, 7 September 2015

BBC News: Chris Moyles to go back on air with Radio X

Info thanks to BBC News online:

Radio DJ Chris Moyles is to go head-to-head with BBC Radio 1's breakfast host Nick Grimshaw when he returns to the airwaves later this month.

Moyles will present the breakfast show on Radio X - the new name for Xfm.

It will be Moyles' first radio job since he left Radio 1 in 2012 after eight years hosting the breakfast show.

Vernon Kay, Johnny Vaughan and the Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson will also have their own shows on Radio X, which will launch on 21 September.

Kay will present the weekday mid-morning show, Vaughan will be on air in drivetime and Wilson will appear at weekends.

Xfm's current breakfast host Jon Holmes will move to weekend breakfasts.

Radio X promises to play the "best fresh rock and guitar-based music across the UK" and be the "first truly male-focused" station, targeted at 25-44 year olds.

Xfm had different line-ups in London and Manchester, but broadcasting regulator Ofcom has given permission for Global to stop broadcasting local programmes in those cities.

Instead, Xfm's old FM frequencies in London and Manchester will both carry Radio X, while the station will also be available nationally on DAB digital radio.

Also Xfm Scotland's old FM frequency in Renfrewshire, Ayrshire, West Central Scotland and Central Scotland will close with Global Radio handing back the licence to Ofcom.
X Radio is set to launch on Virgin Channel 960.