Adrian Chiles comes back to the BBC

Adrian Chiles Adrian Chiles left the BBC in 2010 to join ITV

Adrian Chiles is to return to the BBC, three years after he quit as One Show presenter to go to ITV.

Chiles, who fronts ITV's football coverage, will present Friday Night Drive on Radio 5 live from November 8 alongside co-host Anna Foster.

Peter Allen will continue to co-present the station's 4-7pm show between Monday and Thursday.

Chiles, who left the One Show after Chris Evans was brought in to co-host the Friday edition, has previously presented 5 live's Wake up to Money, sports show Chiles on Saturday and football phone-in 606.

He said he was 'thrilled' to be back. 'It'll be great to tackle news, current affairs and business stuff, as well as sport. All the time I've been away from 5 live I've remained an avid fan and it'll be good to be part of it again.'

Jonathan Wall, 5 live controller, described his new recruit as 'a strong broadcaster and the perfect fit' for the show.

Fighting Talk

Meanwhile, Christian O'Connell will return to Fighting Talk, the sporting panel show he hosted from 2004 to 2005, replacing Colin Murray who left this month to front TalkSport's weekday sports show.

The BBC had to apologise in June for a joke made on an edition of Fighting Talk in which comic Bob Mills said he could 'turn around' gay presenter Clare Balding.

This week, Murray is reported to have said he knew instantly that the quip was 'over the line'.

O'Connell, the Absolute Radio breakfast host, will share Fighting Talk presenting duties across the season with football commentator Jonathan Pearce and regular ITV This Morning host Matt Johnson.

'Fighting Talk is the best format on radio, maybe ever, it still works and Saturday can't come soon enough,' said O'Connell, who will be at the helm for the first show at the weekend.


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