According to The Sun, the BBC have failed to persuade Moyles to take on the 10pm-midnight graveyard shift on Mondays to Thursdays –  a show now taken by Phil Taggart and Alice Levine – or a weekend slot.

A media source told the paper “Radio 1 wanted Chris to do that show but he didn’t want to. They hoped they could change his mind as they would like to have at least a fraction of the audience of eight million who tuned in to his Breakfast Show. He’s now unlikely to stay with Radio 1 or indeed with BBC Radio.”

However, a spokesman for Radio 1 told the Belfast Telegraph “We will be meeting with Chris in January to discuss possible future projects with him on Radio 1.”

The popular and opinionated motormouth DJ is thought to be moving his radio presenting format into the smartphone world with a radio app to reach his loyal fans.

Moyles’ contract with the BBC lasts until the end of 2013. He will return to his role of King Herod in the West End musical Jesus Christ Superstar in March.