Chris Moyles makes triumphant return to breakfast radio – and breaks the internet

The former Radio 1 DJ's first show for new station Radio X experienced technical difficulties because so many listeners tuned in


Many listeners were left frustrated after Chris Moyles’ breakfast show on rebranded station Radio X proved so popular it apparently caused its online and mobile player to crash.


Moyles, who was succeeded at Radio 1 by Nick Grimshaw in September 2012, is the marquee signing for the digital station formerly known as XFM. However, his first show was marred by technical difficulties when would-be listeners struggled to tune in via Radio X’s website and mobile app.

As the hashtag #MoylesisBack trended, they tweeted their bemusement.

Listeners who did succeed in tuning in expressed their delight at Moyle’s return, and many speculated about whether the listening figures of his Radio 1 rival would suffer as a result.

Others praised the fact that Moyles’ trademark long links were back, uninterrupted by ad breaks or songs.

The former ‘saviour of Radio 1’, as he once described himself, didn’t shy away from drawing attention to the fact that he was new to commercial radio, frequently asking his producer if it was time to play the ads. At one point, he mock-complained: “These ads are really getting in the way of my creativity.”

When Moyles’s appointment was announced, Radio X was described as the “first truly male-focused” radio station in the UK. Moyles was quick to poke fun at this idea, “specifically” choosing a “very, very apt record to start the show”, which turned out to be Girls Aloud’s Love Machine. A tongue-in-cheek jingle later assured listeners that “men and women, gay and straight, young and old” were all welcome.


In general, though, he stuck to the promised rock and guitar-based playlist, including the Rolling Stones, Libertines and David Bowie, and welcomed Noel Gallagher as his first guest.