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Moyles’ future not assured

Radio 1 deputy controller Ben Cooper has praised breakfast host Chris Moyles – but has refused to confirm whether he will still be presenting the show in a year's time.

Speaking at the Radio Reborn conference in London today, Cooper was asked about the Sun newspaper's claims that Moyles's contract would not be renewed.

"I'm always looking at the schedule, looking at changes. Pretty much every year there's tweaks and changes," he told delegates. "I'm always going to think about how to improve it."

Meanwhile, veteran broadcaster Paul Gambaccini, who was also at the conference, renewed his criticism of Moyles, who was reprimanded by Ofcom last month for broadcasting a parody song about pop star Will Young's sexuality.

Asked about Moyles's controversial comments, Gambaccini said: "There have been some disturbing statistics about bullying in schools. Young lads who were taunted at school for being gay. Moyles keeps on encouraging bullies, causing human suffering."

He added: "Chris is told to fill three and a half hours at a time when we don't have a lot of good new records. All the factors really are working against an artist who engages in what I call blog radio. You just open the mic."

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