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BBC Radio 1 Sunday Breakfast Show

Matthew Banister, the controller of Radio One throughout much of Kevin's time at Radio One had been promoted to Head of Network Radio. While he combined this role with his job as Controller of Radio One, he soon decided it was time to leave the helm of the station. His successor was to be Andy Parfit, deputy controller.

It was in the early stages of Andy's stint as controller that a major decision was made.

It was September 1998 when the news was announced. Kev and Zoe were both on holiday at the time, taking two weeks off. Half way through the announcement was made when the show returned, it would be one presenter less. Much hype was made of the fact that Zoe Ball was to present the show by herself, while Kevin would move on.

Unlike Mark and Lard who'd left Breakfast and been able to take Nicky Campbell's show, there was no daytime slot available for Kevin and he was quietly relegated to Sunday Mornings.

Whether Kevin would have even been offered a daytime slot if there was one was debatable - Kevin could have been offered two weekend shows, taking over from Chris Moyles's Saturday Morning Show - Chris being the only DJ at Radio One to be working a six day week.

Even if the management had wanted to keep Chris on Saturdays, Lisa I'Anson's Saturday and Sunday afternoon shows were also to become available shortly after, one or two of which Kevin could easily have been done. In the end, the Saturday show went to the overnight DJ Emma B, the Sunday slot went to TV presenter Jamie Theakston.

Exciting New Projects

The press statement at the time proclaimed boldly that Kevin would be moving to Sundays and to 'other exciting new projects', but while the spin on it may have made it sound like Kevin had got a promotion, the reality was very different.

After several years at Radio One, Kevin would end up worse off in terms of shows, than he had been when he had joined the station from Virgin - abliet still on the same salary he was on at the Breakfast Show.

Kevin's one and only show wasn't much to shout home about either. The DJ found his new 6:30-10:00 slot came with a new 'Hits And Highlights' format - basically a load of music and a bunch of 'best of' clips from other shows. Any DJ could have done it. A computer could have done it. It wasn't particularly taxing, nor particularly creative.

The fact that Kevin was still entitled contractually, to the high wages he had received on the Breakfast Show, meant that financially, Kevin had the upper hand, a point that he could continually make, and one which meant he would again become the main supply DJ on the station.

At the time he was also working for BBC Choice, presenting a new music magazine programme (although the job later went to Sean Hughes, and the show then cancelled) and had been presenting shows for the BBC World Service for some time. But ultimatly it was Radio One where most of Kevin's time would be spent, even as a supply DJ.

By late Autumn 1998, Radio One had decided who would be filling in for Jo Whiley on lunchtimes, whilst she took her maternity leave. Not surprisingly, Kevin was the man to take charge.

For the next few months, Kevin took the reigns of Jo's show. The format of the show changed little, although Kev's witisims would appear, especially in the show name which was subtly changed from the Lunchtime Social to the Lunchtime Anti-Social. The show format was also subtly altered to allow a small piece of subtle humour with a daily letters slot from a fictional correspondent, Vera Trickle.

Unfortunately for fans of Kevin, Jo Whiley wasn't leaving the station for good, and she soon returned, although he would continue to do his supply DJ stuff for Simon Mayo and Jo Whiley - both timeslots in which he fitted in, and presented very well. Alas they just weren't available.

As time went on, the fill in slots got more surreal, finding Kevin occasionally on overnights as well as filling in on Early Breakfast when a flu bug hit Radio One. But ultimately, no matter where he went, he would always end up back on Sundays, presenting a show who's format was so boring (and on so early), that even the most ardent of Kevin fan was reluctant to make the effort to tune in. Even worse, a new generation of Kevin listeners would judge the DJ on the basis of that show (as well as his stint on Drivetime and Breakfast) and proclaim to the world that he was crap, rubbish or similar..

It is a testament to Kevin's professionalism that he continued to do the show, doing it as well as he possibly could. If he was bored and fed up with the show, it would be hard for listeners to tell, although those who heard him at his Radio One heyday, earlier in his career, would have noticed the sheer dramatic difference between this and his earlier work in a similar timeslot...

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