Greg James: ‘I would be an idiot if I didn’t remind myself of my privilege every day’

greg james in his garden in north london
"We were confident. I knew my mission, I knew what people liked, I give a s***about the listeners… and they got it." Credit: Rii Schroer /Telegraph

A little over 15 years ago, when Chris Moyles took over the Radio 1 breakfast show from Sara Cox, the legendarily modest DJ declared himself “the saviour” of not just that programme but the entire station. 

Moyles gladly incorporated his self-penned epithet in to jingles, printed it on posters depicting him as Superman, and wore it on football shirts. But he was right – for a while at least. He was brash and frequently offensive (he once claimed he would like to lead Charlotte Church “through the forest of sexuality, now that she’d reached 16”), yet added hundreds of thousands of listeners almost instantly, and stayed in the job for a record eight years. 

In 2012, when bosses noticed he'd grown...

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