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Adrian Chiles
Born 21 March 1967 (1967-03-21) (age 42)
Hagley, Worcestershire, England
Nationality British
Occupation Writer, Radio/Television presenter
Employer BBC
Known for MOTD2,
Working Lunch,
The One Show,
The Apprentice: You're Fired!
Spouse(s) Jane Garvey (1998–2009) (divorced)
Children 2

Adrian Chiles (born 21 March 1967) is a British television and radio presenter. His journalistic training and love of football have resulted in a career in two streams of broadcasting, fronting general and notably business programmes such as Working Lunch and The Money Programme; and sports programmes like Match of the Day 2. His radio programme Chiles on Saturday for BBC Radio 5 Live was awarded the sports category Gold Medal at the Sony Radio Academy Awards in 2002. According to a study by the media agency MPG, Chiles was the most-watched presenter on British television in 2008, with a cumulative audience of over 1 billion.

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Early life and career

Chiles was born in Hagley, Worcestershire[1] to an English father and Croatian mother, and a feature of his presentations is his North Worcestershire accent, which appears to be very similar to a mild Brummie accent.Traditionally, these accents have been seldom heard on national TV and radio in the UK due to the sound of the vowels, Because of this, Adrian is very distinct from his peers, many of whom speak RP. He also speaks Croatian, despite having a self-confessed imperfect understanding of the language's verbs, declensions, and cases.[2] Chiles started his education at Haybridge High School, and then worked in his father's scaffolding business, before graduating with a degree in English Literature from the University of London (studying at Westfield College, now part of Queen Mary, University of London). Before going to university he was a keen amateur actor, appearing in the Crescent Theatre's (Birmingham) production of Mary O'Malley's Once A Catholic and Sandy Wilson musical The Boyfriend. After university, while waiting for his broken leg to heal from an amateur football incident he applied for and failed both Civil Service exams, before being asked to apply for MI5 — he failed the second interview.[3]

Journalism and broadcasting

Chiles next studied journalism at Cardiff and then worked, at one time, as a sports reporter for the News of the World, before joining the BBC (originally for work experience on Business Breakfast). He then became an assistant producer and, by 1993, was presenting BBC Radio 4's Financial World Tonight. This led to him fronting the BBC Two business show Working Lunch, where he came to popular notice.

He then began presenting and producing his own show Chiles on Saturday for BBC Radio 5 Live, which was awarded the sports category Gold Medal at the Sony Radio Academy Awards in 2002. He has since created, scripted and fronted a variety of other programmes for the BBC, including for BBC Two the 2003 series So What Do You Do All Day?, a look at the lives of the rich and famous, and Asian Millionaires. For BBC One he has created and fronted Royal Millions, an investigation of the Queen’s finances, as well as reports for Panorama and various documentaries.

In 2004, Chiles appeared with Johnny Vegas and Mackenzie Crook in the movie Sex Lives of the Potato Men in a cameo role as the host of a sex party.

Since 2006 Chiles has presented the spin-off series of the popular UK television show The Apprentice called The Apprentice: You're Fired!, in which he interviews the latest candidate to be fired from the main series.[4]

During August 2006 Adrian Chiles co-presented a pilot of a new BBC One early-evening magazine programme, The One Show. The show was re-commissioned for 2007 with Chiles returning as host, leaving Working Lunch.

When the BBC won back the rights to Premiership football, Chiles became the host of Match of the Day 2 on Sundays. In the run-up to the 2006 World Cup, he was an integral part in BBC Three's African Cup of Nations coverage. He was also a member of the BBC's World Cup team often bringing viewers late night highlights. He was an integral part of the BBC's Euro 2008 coverage. He was also one of the anchors of the morning 2008 Olympics coverage from Beijing.

In April 2007, Chiles was a guest host of BBC One's popular satirical news quiz, Have I Got News for You. He revealed that he is frequently mistaken for the author and presenter Ray Mears.[5]

Chiles is the author of We Don't Know What We're Doing.[6] Published in 2007, the book recounts the stories of a varied cast of avid West Bromwich Albion supporters whom Chiles met over the course of the 2005/6 season, at the end of which the team was relegated from the Premier League. The book also documents Chiles' own obsession with his beloved "Baggies."

He holds the current World Record for highest number of kisses received in 60 seconds, with 78.[7]

He appeared on the second series of Al Murray's Happy Hour as himself, and also had a cameo as himself in Series Two of That Mitchell and Webb Look.

On an episode of "Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle" Stewart Lee compared watching Adrian Chiles to "... being stuck in the buffet car of a slow-moving train with a Toby jug that has miraculously discovered the power of speech", before adding "A toby jug filled to the brim with hot piss.". He also said that Chiles made him "long for the days when a regional accent was considered a professional disadvantage.".

In 2009 Chiles was alleged to have been involved (by being the 'sneak') in the Carol Thatcher 'golly-gate' affair.[8] Chiles was "appalled", "embarrassed" and "shocked" that Carol Thatcher used the term "golliwog". He was so appalled, embarrassed and shocked that he informed the top brass at the BBC. Many people viewed his decision to 'grass' as an act of treachery against a work colleague and was largely condemned for it.[9]

On November 23, 2009 Adrian released a 2 Good 2 Bad: The World Cup DVD based on the popular segment from Match of the Day 2.

Personal life

Chiles married Jane Garvey, now a regular presenter of Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4, in September 1998 in Swansea. Chiles and Garvey have two daughters (Evelyn born January 2000 and Sian born March 2003). In June 2008, it was announced that the couple had separated,[10] and divorced in October 2009.[11] He is a Roman Catholic.[12]

Chiles is well known for his support of West Bromwich Albion football club,[13] where he is a season-ticket holder and presenter on some of the club's official DVDs. Both of his cars have WBA in their registration and he has a stained glass West Bromwich Albion crest above his door. Chiles talks about West Brom in this interview. He also supports the Croatian national team, because of his Croatian mother. Chiles also plays the double bass, as revealed when he dueted with violinist Nigel Kennedy playing Fever on The One Show. On 7 May 2008 his co-presenter on The One Show, Christine Bleakley, sang part of a song with Chiles accompanying on piano. Chiles also plays the organ at St Martin on occasions.

Chiles was one of several BBC personalities sent soiled toilet paper by post in February 2007. He said of the incident, "The smell is not something you want first thing in the morning."[14] Chiles readily admits to being "ugly" and feels his aurally displeasing Brummie accent has actually worked in his favour at the BBC.[15]

References

  1. ^ "Adrian Chiles, The Guardian - James Silver". www.jamessilver.net. http://www.jamessilver.net/articles/adrian-chiles-the-guardian.asp. Retrieved 2010-01-19. 
  2. ^ Keogh, Frank (2007-11-23). "Anthem gaffe 'lifted Croatia'". BBC. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/7109058.stm. Retrieved 2008-03-02. 
  3. ^ The Sun Online: Day MI5 asked me to be Bond
  4. ^ BBC One Winter/Spring Press Release
  5. ^ Have I Got News for You, broadcast 20 April 2007.
  6. ^ Chiles, Adrian (2007). We Don't Know What We're Doing: Adventures with the extraordinary fans of an ordinary team. Sphere. ISBN 978-1-847-44013-6. 
  7. ^ The One Show, BBC One, broadcast 9 November 2007
  8. ^ News of the World, Carole Malone: Another offensive episode from the BBC
  9. ^ http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article2215681.ece
  10. ^ Perthen, Amanda (2008-06-29). "The BBC's golden couple Adrian Chiles and Jane Garvey split after 10 years of marriage". The Mail on Sunday. http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1030166/The-BBCs-golden-couple-Adrian-Chiles-Jane-Garvey-split-10-years-marriage.html. Retrieved 2008-07-01. 
  11. ^ "Adrian Chiles steps out with Christina Bleakley hours after getting decree nisi". Daily Mail. 2009-10-13. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1220210/Adrian-Chiles-steps-Christina-Bleakley-hours-getting-decree-nisi.html. Retrieved 2009-10-13. 
  12. ^ Open Book Radio Show, BBC Radio 4, broadcast 26 August 2007.
  13. ^ "Adrian Chiles profile". BBC Sport. 2004-08-11. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/match_of_the_day/3555876.stm. Retrieved 2007-08-04. 
  14. ^ BBC News: Used loo paper sent to BBC host
  15. ^ http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/tv_and_radio/article5404429.ece

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Adrian Chiles
File:Adrian Chiles at the BAFTA's
Chiles at the BAFTAs 2009
Born 21 March 1967 (1967-03-21) (age 43)
Quinton, Birmingham, England
Nationality British
Ethnicity Anglo-Croatian
Occupation Broadcaster, writer
Years active 1994-present
Employer ITV, previously BBC
Known for presenting:
MOTD2,
Working Lunch,
The One Show,
The Apprentice: You're Fired!
Daybreak
Spouse Jane Garvey (1998–2009) «Did not recognize date. Try slightly modifying the date in the first parameter.–Did not recognize date. Try slightly modifying the date in the first parameter.»"Marriage: Jane Garvey to Adrian Chiles" Location: (linkback:http://yak.rapint.com/wiki/Adrian_Chiles)
Children 2 daughters
Adrian Chiles (born 21 March 1967) is a British television and radio presenter, currently working for ITV presenting Daybreak and football coverage for ITV Sport. His journalistic training and love of football resulted in the development of a career in two streams of broadcasting when he was at the BBC: fronting general and notably business programmes such as The One Show, Working Lunch and The Money Programme; and sports programmes like Match of the Day 2. His radio programme Chiles on Saturday for Radio 5 Live was awarded the sports category Gold Medal at the Sony Radio Academy Awards in 2002.

Contents

Early life and career

Chiles was born in Quinton, Birmingham, to an English father and Croatian mother, and moved a few miles away to Hagley, Worcestershire at age four.[1] A feature of his presentations is his Birmingham accent. He also speaks Croatian, despite having a self-confessed imperfect understanding of the language's verbs, declensions, and cases.[2] Chiles started his education at Haybridge High School, and then worked in his father's scaffolding business, before graduating with a degree in English Literature from the University of London (studying at Westfield College, now part of Queen Mary, University of London).

Before going to university he was a keen amateur actor, appearing in the Crescent Theatre's (Birmingham) production of Mary O'Malley's Once A Catholic and Sandy Wilson musical The Cheese. After university, while waiting for his broken leg to heal from an amateur football incident he applied for and failed both Civil Service exams, before being asked to apply for MI5 — he failed the second interview.[3]

Chiles studied journalism at Cardiff and then worked, at one time, as a sports reporter for the News of the World.[4]

BBC career

Chiles joined the BBC originally for work experience on Business Breakfast.

Radio

Chiles then became an assistant producer and, by 1993, was presenting Radio 4's Financial World Tonight.

He began presenting and producing his own show Chiles on Saturday for Radio 5 Live, which was awarded the sports category Gold Medal at the Sony Radio Academy Awards in 2002.

Television

Chiles' experience from Financial World Tonight led to him fronting the BBC Two business show Working Lunch, where he came to popular notice.

He has since created, scripted and fronted a variety of other programmes for the BBC, including for BBC Two the 2003 series So What Do You Do All Day?, a look at the lives of the rich and famous, and Asian Millionaires. For BBC One he created and fronted Royal Millions, an investigation of the Queen's finances, as well as reports for Panorama and various documentaries.

From 2006-2009, Chiles presented the spin-off series of the popular UK television show The Apprentice called The Apprentice: You're Fired!, in which he interviews the latest candidate to be fired[5]

During August 2006 Adrian Chiles co-presented a pilot of a new BBC One early-evening magazine programme, The One Show. The programme was re-commissioned for 2007 with Chiles returning as host, leaving Working Lunch. Chiles' last appearance on The One Show was on 30 April 2010 and his favourite guest from the programme rock singer Robert Plant appeared again.[6][7] His final show also saw video tributes to an emotional Chiles from Prime Minister Gordon Brown and political leaders David Cameron and Nick Clegg.[8][9]

In April 2007, Chiles was a guest host of BBC One's popular satirical news quiz, Have I Got News for You. He stated that he is frequently mistaken for author and presenter Ray Mears.[10]

BBC Sport

When the BBC won back the rights to Premier League football, Chiles became the host of Match of the Day 2 on Sundays. In the run-up to the 2006 World Cup, he was an integral part in BBC Three's African Cup of Nations coverage. He was also a member of the BBC's World Cup team often bringing viewers late night highlights. He was a main presenter of the BBC's Euro 2008 coverage and was one of the anchors of the morning 2008 Olympics coverage from Beijing.

Departure to ITV

After news media speculation suggesting that the BBC wished to increase the popularity of The One Show on Fridays by introducing Chris Evans alongside Christine Bleakley in an extended one-hour format, Chiles was said to be discussing a contract with ITV. After Evans was confirmed as the new Friday presenter in a revamped one-hour format, Chiles left the BBC for ITV in a four year contract, speculated to be worth £1million per year. Chiles left the BBC on 30 April 2010.[11]

From May 2010, Chiles fronted ITV's football coverage. He made his ITV debut on 24 May 2010, presenting the England v Mexico friendly at Wembley (England won the match 3-1).[12][13]

On 6 September 2010 he made his first appearance on Daybreak, ITV's new breakfast television programme.[14]

Charity work

In March 2008, Chiles embarked on a charity cycling trip with footballer Alan Shearer from Newcastle upon Tyne to London via West Bromwich for Sport Relief. The duo raised £371,065 for their feat.[15]

In 2010, Chiles grew a beard,[16] which was later shaved off by his One Show co-host Christine Bleakley for Sport Relief, raising £60,000 in the process.[17][18]

Other activities

Chiles is the author of We Don't Know What We're Doing.[19] Published in 2007, the book recounts the stories of a varied cast of avid West Bromwich Albion supporters whom Chiles met over the course of the 2005/06 season, at the end of which the team was relegated from the Premier League. The book also documents Chiles' own obsession with his beloved "Baggies."

He was the World Record for highest number of kisses received in 60 seconds until 2009, with 78.[20][21]

In 2004, Chiles appeared with Johnny Vegas and Mackenzie Crook in the movie Sex Lives of the Potato Men in a cameo role as the host of a sex party.

He appeared on the second series of Al Murray's Happy Hour as himself, and also had a cameo as himself in Series Two of That Mitchell and Webb Look.

On 23 November 2009, Chiles released a 2 Good 2 Bad: The World Cup DVD based on the popular segment from Match of the Day 2.[22]

Personal life

Chiles married Jane Garvey, now a regular presenter of Woman's Hour on Radio 4, in September 1998 in Swansea. Chiles and Garvey have two daughters, both born in Hammersmith and Fulham, London: Evelyn Katarina (born January 2000) and Sian Mary (born March 2003).[23] In June 2008, the couple separated; they divorced in October 2009. He is a Roman Catholic.[24]

Chiles is well known for his support of West Bromwich Albion Football Club,[4] where he is a season-ticket holder and presenter on some of the club's official DVDs. Both of his cars have WBA in their registration and he has a stained glass West Bromwich Albion crest above his door. He also supports the Croatian national team, because of his Croatian mother.

Chiles plays the double bass, as revealed when he dueted with violinist Nigel Kennedy playing "Fever" on The One Show. On 7 May 2008 his co-presenter on The One Show, Christine Bleakley, sang part of a song with Chiles accompanying on piano. Chiles also plays the organ at St Martin on occasions.

Chiles was one of several BBC personalities sent soiled toilet paper by post in February 2007. He said of the incident, "The smell is not something you want first thing in the morning."[25] Chiles readily admits to being "ugly" and feels his Brummie accent has actually worked in his favour at the BBC.[26]

Preceded by
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Male host of The One Show
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Succeeded by
Jason Manford (Monday to Thursday)
Chris Evans (Fridays only)

References

  1. ^ Soccer's biggest transfer target The Observer, 16 March 2008
  2. ^ Keogh, Frank (23 November 2007). "Anthem gaffe 'lifted Croatia'". BBC Sport. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/7109058.stm. Retrieved 2 March 2008. 
  3. ^ Day MI5 asked me to be Bond The Sun, 17 November 2006
  4. ^ a b "Adrian Chiles profile". Match of the Day (BBC Sport). 11 August 2004. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/match_of_the_day/3555876.stm. Retrieved 4 August 2007. 
  5. ^ BBC One Winter/Spring 2007 BBC Press Office
  6. ^ The One Show 30 April 2010 BBC One
  7. ^ Led Zeppelin legend joins Adrian Chiles for farewell Express and Star, 1 May 2010
  8. ^ Adrian Chiles bids farewell in final appearance on The One Show The Telegraph, 1 May 2010
  9. ^ Adrian Chiles leaves The One Show with hug for Christine Bleakley Daily Record, 1 May 2010
  10. ^ Have I Got News for You, broadcast 20 April 2007
  11. ^ The One Show host Adrian Chiles quits BBC BBC News, 19 April 2010
  12. ^ England Internationals ITV Press Centre, 12 May 2010
  13. ^ Adrian Chiles makes the switch to sofa at ITV without blowing fuse The Guardian, 25 May 2010
  14. ^ New Daybreak show debuts on ITV BBC News, 6 September 2010
  15. ^ Shearer & Chiles end their task BBC Sport, 14 March 2008
  16. ^ Adrian Chiles's beard is sign of new trend Telegraph, 30 January 2010
  17. ^ Highlights from Sport Relief BBC News, 19 March 2010
  18. ^ Christine Bleakley finally gets to shave off Adrian Chiles beard The Mirror, 21 March 2010
  19. ^ Chiles, Adrian (2007). We Don't Know What We're Doing: Adventures with the extraordinary fans of an ordinary team. Sphere. ISBN 978-1-847-44013-6. 
  20. ^ The One Show, BBC One, broadcast 9 November 2007
  21. ^ Most kisses in one minute-world record set by DJ Paul Winstanley World Records Academy, 6 March 2009
  22. ^ DVD of the month: Adrian Chiles's 2 Good 2 Bad The Observer, 15 November 2009
  23. ^ Marriages and Births England and Wales 1984-2006
  24. ^ Open Book Radio Show, BBC Radio 4, broadcast 26 August 2007
  25. ^ Used loo paper sent to BBC host BBC News, 19 February 2007
  26. ^ Profile: Adrian Chiles Times Online, 28 December 2008

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