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Moyles quits 'dream job' at Radio 1
Radio 1 breakfast host Chris Moyles has shocked listeners by telling them he was leaving the show and said: "I've had the best time of my life."
The star - the station's longest-serving breakfast presenter - will bow out in September after more than eight and a half years.
Moyles is talking with bosses about a new programme for Radio 1 with which he is contracted until the end of next year. He was already due to take a break to appear as Herod in a touring version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Jesus Christ Superstar.
Moyles told listeners he wanted them to hear it from him rather than reading it in newspapers or on Twitter that he was leaving his "dream job".
"We're going to leave the breakfast show. I just want to give you a heads-up and tell you that we're going to wrap it up," he said.
The self-styled "saviour of Radio 1" has hosted the breakfast show since January 2004. The motormouth presenter has been with the station for 15 years, and fronted the drivetime show before stepping up to the flagship morning programme.
Radio 1 controller Ben Cooper said: "I'd like to thank Chris. Quite simply, he has been the most successful breakfast show host in Radio 1's history. For the past eight and a half years he has been entertaining millions of listeners every morning, which is testament to his incredible talent as a broadcaster."
At 38, Moyles was way outside the target age range of the station, which is aimed at 15 to 29-year-olds. A recent report by the BBC Trust found that the station was still failing to win younger listeners, with much of the audience over 30.
An announcement about the new breakfast show host is expected later. Moyles took over the mantle as the station's longest-serving breakfast DJ in 2009, succeeding Tony Blackburn, the first breakfast host at the station's launch in 1967.
Before his announcement today, Moyles told listeners: "Cue the sad music. A couple more months of us and then it's someone else's turn to have a go, so thanks for listening and I hope you stay with us until the end because I promise it's going to be brilliant."