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Boss backs Moyles after pay rant

Chris Moyles has been backed by Radio 1 controller Andy Parfitt despite his half-hour on-air rant about pay - but the BBC boss admitted: "It wasn't the best Chris Moyles programme I've ever heard."

Parfitt, who has been in charge of the station for 12 years, said in his view the presenter had "not crossed the line".

And he said regular listeners accepted it was part of the show for him to "go off on one".

Moyles, one of the BBC's highest earners, drew criticism last week for devoting a section of his Wednesday show to talking at length about how he had not been paid.

Parfitt said he had discussed the broadcast - but "top of the list" of issues was ensuring he was properly paid.

The controller was speaking for the first time about the incident and praised Moyles as one of the station's most talented presenters.

He said of his response to the incident: "I ask myself the question have you overstepped the red lines I have about the programme and the content of that show, and my judgment was that he hadn't overstepped those red lines. My response was to make sure I had a detailed conversation with him and to resolve the matter that was at hand, that he hadn't been paid and that for me was the end of it."

During his rant, Moyles hit out at BBC bosses, accusing them of "a huge lack of respect" for failing to pay his wages.

Parfitt said: "It's kind of part of the nature of what he does, living his life in one sense out on air. He's almost bound to push at those barriers on occasion."

"It was a lively programme - it wasn't the best Chris Moyles programme I've ever heard," he added.

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