Parfitt backs Moyles’ ranting

BBC Radio 1 controller Andy Parfitt today supported Chris Moyles following his half-hour on-air rant about pay last week.

He said Moyles didn't crossed but admitted it wasn't the best Chris Moyles programme he's ever heard.

Speaking this morning at the Broadcasting Press Guild breakfast, he said: "I ask myself the question have you overstepped the red lines I have about the programme and the content of that show, and my judgment was that he hadn't overstepped those red lines.

"My response was to make sure I had a detailed conversation with him and to resolve the matter that was at hand, that he hadn't been paid and that for me was the end of it.

"He is a very gifted broadcaster. Occasionally, and it is only occasionally, he steps over a line that I have. And when he does that I'm absolutely there to make it absolutely clear to him where those lines are. It's kind of part of the nature of what he does, living his life in one sense out on air. He's almost bound to push at those barriers on occasion.

"You have to have broad shoulders and not take things too seriously and it won't be the first or the last time that a BBC presenter talks about the BBC so my feelings were, I kind of made a judgment, did it overstep a line that I have for Chris? And I judged that it didn't.

Parfitt said the show was a "soap opera" which 7.5 million listeners loved and that the the subject matter was not editorially beyond the realms.

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