A number of reports say Chris Moyles is making his breakfast radio comeback by replacing Jon Holmes on XFM Breakfast from September.
The Sun ran with the story today (followed up by the Independent, the Mirror, the Telegraph and more), saying a deal was signed on Wednesday last week – which coincides with RadioWise reporting mid week that Vernon Kay is also joining XFM for mid-mornings.
We don’t usually run with rumours here at RadioToday – but this one is gaining some credibility – and together with news from our sources we’re happy to report on it.
Global doesn’t comment on rumours but we’re expecting an announcement sooner rather than later. And if he is joining commercial radio – this Wednesday at the Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards would be a great place for him to say hi to everyone.
We’re also putting together the pieces – Moyles spotted at Global – the XFM studios in Leicester Square getting a makeover under lock and key – and Jon Holmes making on-air jokes about being out of work soon – Dominic Byrne back at Global – together with Global’s own statement last year which said they will be launching more national brands on DAB this year.
Chris is also reportedly heading to LA for networking before his new show starts – which ties in with suggestions that X will be on SIRIUS XM from September.
Which would also make sense if Global is transforming XFM into a more mainstream listen by splashing the cash on big names, they’d naturally want it to be available nationally. There’s even talk of a new name for the stations in London, Manchester and Paisley – plus another high profile signing for drivetime.
And as RadioWise wrote back in April, if Global hires Moyles and puts him on digital radio across the UK, he could very well become the savour of digital radio.