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BBC denies Moyles is set to defect

The BBC insisted last night that the Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles remained under contract at the Corporation despite reports that the breakfast show presenter was planning to sign with rivals Global Radio, which is launching Capital FM nationwide early next year. Last month Moyles complained of a "lack of respect" from his current employers, claiming on air that he had not been paid since July.

BBC bosses stood by their star, who has delivered audience gains for the morning show, insisting he had not crossed "red lines" by airing his grievances. Moyles is tipped to leave his current role next July when his contract expires.

A spokesman for Global Radio denied talks had taken place but added: "We fully understand the attraction of joining Capital FM as it goes national in early January."