Major changes are afoot at Xfm, including a move to national digital broadcasting, as well as Chris Moyles taking over the breakfast slot and facing off against BBC Radio One replacement Nick Grimshaw.
The move will be made under a rebranded banner ‘Radio X’, and will continue in its current FM format in London, Manchester and Scotland.
Perhaps the biggest story will surround Radio X’s choice of morning presenter, with Moyles looking set to take on Grimshaw. Radio Today have gone in-depth on Moyles’ likely position, noting that Greg James and Nicky Chapman have both congratulated Moyles on his new job, while The Sun have written a couple of articles on the new role.
They also suggest a TV Advert for Moyles has already been recorded. Moyles is likely to replace Jon Holmes, who currently presents Xfm’s weekday Breakfast shows. It’s been three years since Moyles finished up at Radio One, with his last show taking place in September 2012.
There are a number of other rumoured line-up changes associated with the rebrand, with Ricky Wilson of Kaiser Chiefs having all but confirmed his future involvement by Tweeting an article by The Sun:
It's a bit like being on TV but with fewer waistcoats… http://t.co/xtiecLxykQ
— Ricky Wilson ? (@Rickontour) August 21, 2015
Vernon Kay and Johnny Vaughan have also been touted as potential additions to the Radio X schedule.
The station’s owners Global Radio had announced plans for more national stations this year back in 2014, and currently hold the registration to un-launched websites x.co.uk and xradio.co.uk. Global are yet to comment on the rebrand, with no confirmed date for the changes.