Dominic Byrne

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Dominic Byrne
Dominic Byrne outside BBC Radio 1, September 2010
Birth name Dominic Anthony Byrne
Born (1972-11-10) 10 November 1972 (age 44)
Norwich, Norfolk, England
Show The Chris Moyles Show
Station(s) Radio X
Time slot 6.30am - 10am
Style Newscaster
Country United Kingdom
Spouse(s) Nicola Byrne
Children Finton James Byrne
Xanthe Rose Byrne
Tilda Ruby Star Byrne
Website Radio X website

Dominic Anthony Byrne (born 10 November 1972) is a newsreader and presenter. He currently works on the Chris Moyles Breakfast show on Radio X, having previously worked as the newsreader for Capital FM on the Capital FM Breakfast Show. Prior to this he had worked with the BBC from 1997-2012, most notably as part of the on-air team on The Chris Moyles Show on BBC Radio 1 from 2004-2012, working as the newsreader and contributing to the show's zoo format. He also worked as a newsreader elsewhere on Radio 1, and presented on the BBC News Channel. He also runs his own voice training business called Open Mouth Productions. He returned to the new format of The Chris Moyles Show on Radio X in 2015, reading the news.


Born in Norwich, Norfolk,[1] Byrne attended St Ivo School before attending Bournemouth University. Byrne's career began at Kiss 102 in Manchester, reading the breakfast show news. After moving to London he freelanced at Independent Radio News and Virgin Radio.


He joined BBC Radio 1 in 1997, and became part of the team in the zoo format Chris Moyles Show. As well as reading news, Byrne interviewed many celebrities for the breakfast show including Tom Cruise, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller, Alan Sugar, David Schwimmer, Uma Thurman, Goldie Lookin' Chain, and more recently Reese Witherspoon, William Shatner, Al Gore, Richard E. Grant, Daniel Craig, Bruce Willis, Bono, Adam Clayton, Daniel Radcliffe, Robert Downey Jr, Jennifer Aniston, Jedward, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jennifer Lopez, Elton John, Cameron Diaz and Peppa Pig. He also contributed to multiple features, and parody songs, some of which featured on The Parody Album released by Chris Moyles.

Elsewhere for the BBC he worked as a newsreader for Fearne Cotton's show on Radio 1. From 2007 he presented the Newsbeat's Oddbox video clip show on BBC News. This was a four-minute video which looked at the week's strangest news, presented by Dominic Byrne (and Natalie Jamieson when he was away). It was available to watch at BBC Online, on the BBC Red Button and on the BBC News channel. It was announced on the 6 September 2012 episode that the broadcast on the following week would be the final ever Odd Box [2] On 14 September 2012, The Oddbox's final episode was shown on BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat Website. In addition, Byrne presented Dragon's Den Online, the online spin off from the Dragons' Den TV programme.[3] In 2014, he was one of three hosts on Factomania.

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In December 2011 Dominic Byrne championed the song Dominick the Donkey by Italian American singer Lou Monte on The Chris Moyles Show, helping it achieve a peak chart position of number 3 on the UK Top 40 during Christmas 2011. Byrne was actually the inspiration for the song, following a chance meeting with Monte in the early 1950s where Byrne was holidaying with his family in New York. In Monte's final interview before his death, he revealed: "I was walking the hills of Brooklyn, thinking there must be a better way to get about. Then I saw this little bald-headed boy and he just reminded me of a donkey."

Byrne has worked on various voice-over projects. He provided the voice of an alien called Zorst in the CBeebies show Space Pirates,[4] and as Captain Emergency on Peppa Pig. He does voice-overs for the entertainment channel Watch. In 2010, Byrne also narrated children's storybooks for mobile phone applications under the iStorytime brand - the titles which Byrne narrated include Invisible Alligators (written and illustrated by Hayes Roberts), Inca Dink, the Great Houndini (written, illustrated and also narrated by M. Nicole van Dam), and Olivia the Octopus (written and illustrated by Damien Clenet).[5]

On 8 March 2013, it was announced that Byrne has joined Capital FM London, to read the news on their flagship breakfast show.[6]

On 1 November 2014, Byrne accidentally announced on Twitter that he was looking for a full-time radio role.[7]

On 21 April 2015, Byrne announced on his Twitter account that he would begin reading Drivetime news bulletins on LBC radio.[8]

On 7 September 2015, Byrne announced on his Twitter account that he would be joining Chris Moyles on the new rebranded XFM, Radio X on 21 September.[citation needed]


Dominic Byrne is part of an award-winning comedy folk band Folk Face with Comedy Dave also from The Chris Moyles Show.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Reporter Profiles: Dominic Byrne", BBC, retrieved 2010-12-05
  2. ^ "Odd Box 06 September 2012"
  3. ^ Bearne, Suzanne (2009) "BBC launches online version of 'Dragons' Den'", New Media Age, 18 March 2009
  4. ^ "Interview: Dominic Byrne", BBC, retrieved 2010-12-05
  5. ^ various references to these books exist on the web, including the iStorytime eReader website itself at and various eReader book reviews which delineate the narration credits such as
  6. ^
  7. ^ Byrne, Dominic. Retrieved 1 November 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ Byrne, Dominic. "Twitter: LBC News Announcement". Retrieved 1 May 2015. 

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