Adrian Chiles

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Adrian Chiles
Adrian Chiles at the BAFTA's Cropped.jpg
Chiles at the BAFTAs 2009
Born (1967-03-21) 21 March 1967 (age 47)
Quinton, Birmingham, England
Nationality British
Ethnicity Anglo-Croatian
Occupation Broadcaster, writer
Years active 1994-present
Employer ITV (2010-2015)
BBC (1994-2010)
Known for Presenting:
Daybreak (2010-11)
ITV Sport (2010—)
That Sunday Night Show (2011-12)
Religion Roman Catholic
Spouse(s) Jane Garvey (m. 1998-2009)
Children Evelyn Katarina (b. 2000)
Sian Mary (b. 2003)

Adrian Chiles (born 21 March 1967) is a British television and radio presenter, currently working as the chief presenter for ITV Sport presenting football coverage. Chiles returned to the BBC in 2013 after three years away from the broadcaster as a presenter on BBC Radio 5 Live.

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.

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 Serbo-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).[citation needed]

Before going to university he was a keen amateur actor, appearing in the Crescent Theatre (Birmingham)'s musical production of Mary O'Malley's Once A Catholic and Sandy Wilson's 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] He studied journalism at Cardiff and then worked, at one time, as a sports reporter for the News of the World.[4]

Television

BBC

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

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] He left the BBC in 2009, and was replaced by Dara Ó Briain.

During August 2006 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 satirical news quiz, Have I Got News for You.[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.

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 has 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] The show failed to capture a larger market share than its competitor Breakfast, and on 18 November 2011 it was announced that Chiles would be axed from the show. He was replaced by Dan Lobb.[15]

In January 2011, Chiles began presenting That Sunday Night Show on ITV,[16] which returned for a second series in September 2011.

Adrian's contract with ITV will come to an end on 20 April 2014. However, he will get another contract to purely host ITV's football coverage and will not present anything else on the channel. He had his salary slashed by a million pounds.[17]

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.

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.[18]

In 2010, Chiles grew a beard,[19] which was later shaved off by his One Show co-host Christine Bleakley for Sport Relief, raising £60,000 in the process.[20][21]

Other activities

Chiles is the author of We Don't Know What We're Doing.[22] 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 holder for highest number of kisses received in 60 seconds until 2009, with 78.[23][24]

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.[25]

In 2010, Chiles appeared in the official video for 'The Uprising' by Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.[26]

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.[27] In June 2008, the couple separated; they divorced in October 2009. He is a Roman Catholic.[28]

He is a well known supporter 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 supports the Croatian national team, as his mother is Croatian.[citation needed]

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. He 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."[29] He claims his "Brummie" accent has worked in his favour at the BBC.[30]

Preceded by
New post
Male host of The One Show
2006 - 2010
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. 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. 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. ^ Methven, Nicola (19 November 2011). "Christine Bleakley and Adrian Chiles axed as hosts of ITV flop Daybreak". Daily Record. 
  16. ^ From Day to Night: Adrian Chiles set to present new Sunday night show, with Shaun Ryder among regular guests Mail Online, 10 December 2010
  17. ^ http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/adrian-chiles-salary-slashed-1million-3062375
  18. ^ Shearer & Chiles end their task BBC Sport, 14 March 2008
  19. ^ Adrian Chiles's beard is sign of new trend Telegraph, 30 January 2010
  20. ^ Highlights from Sport Relief BBC News, 19 March 2010
  21. ^ Christine Bleakley finally gets to shave off Adrian Chiles beard The Mirror, 21 March 2010
  22. ^ Chiles, Adrian (2007). We Don't Know What We're Doing: Adventures with the extraordinary fans of an ordinary team. Sphere. ISBN 978-1-84744-013-6. 
  23. ^ The One Show, BBC One, broadcast 9 November 2007
  24. ^ Most kisses in one minute-world record set by DJ Paul Winstanley World Records Academy, 6 March 2009
  25. ^ DVD of the month: Adrian Chiles's 2 Good 2 Bad The Observer, 15 November 2009
  26. ^ Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly - The Uprising 17 September 2010
  27. ^ Marriages and Births England and Wales 1837-2006
  28. ^ Open Book Radio Show, BBC Radio 4, broadcast 26 August 2007
  29. ^ Used loo paper sent to BBC host BBC News, 19 February 2007
  30. ^ Profile: Adrian Chiles, Times Online, 28 December 2008

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