His journalistic training and love of football have resulted in a career in two streams of broadcasting, fronting general and notably business programmes such as Working Lunch; and sports programmes like Match of the Day 2. His radio programme Chiles on Saturday for BBC Radio 5 Live was awarded the sports category Gold Medal at the Sony Radio Academy Awards in 2002.
Chiles studied journalism at Cardiff and then worked, at one time, as a sports reporter for the News of the World, before joining the BBC (originally for work experience on Business Breakfast). He then became an assistant producer and, by 1993, was presenting BBC Radio 4's Financial World Tonight.
This led to him fronting the BBC Two business show Working Lunch, where he came to popular notice. He also began presenting and producing his own show Chiles on Saturday for BBC Radio 5 Live, which was awarded the sports category Gold Medal at the Sony Radio Academy Awards in 2002. He has since created, scripted and fronted a variety of other programmes for the BBC, including for BBC Two So What Do You Do All Day, a look at the lives of the rich and famous; and in 2003 Asian Millionaires. For BBC One he has created and fronted Royal Millions, an investigation of the Queen’s finances, as well as reports for Panorama and various documentaries. He then moved on to present the Satirical show The Apprentice: You're fired.
When the BBC won back the rights to Premiership football, Chiles became the host of Match of the Day 2 on Sundays. In the run-up to the 2006 World Cup, he was an integral part in BBC Three's African Cup of Nations coverage. He was also a member of the BBC's World Cup team often bringing viewers late night highlights. He was an integral part of the BBC's Euro 2008 coverage. He was also one of the anchors of the morning 2008 Olympics coverage from Beijing.
In April 2007, Chiles was a guest host of BBC One's popular satirical news quiz, Have I Got News for You. He revealed that he is frequently mistaken for the author and presenter Ray Mears. Chiles is the author of We Don't Know What We're Doing. Published in 2007, the book recounts the stories of a varied cast of avid West Bromwich Albion supporters whom Chiles met over the course of the 2005/6 season, at the end of which the team was relegated from the Premier League. The book also documents Chiles' own obsession with his beloved "Baggies."
He holds the current World Record for most number of kisses received in 60 seconds, with 78.
He appeared on the second series of Al Murray's Happy Hour as himself.
Many viewers expressed their frustration with Chiles via radio phone ins during BBC coverage of the Olympics. Common complaints were that he pulled attention away from the seriousness of events in Beijing to focus on his own poor attempts at comedy. Also highlighted was his seeming desire to present stories through his own viewpoint rather than trying to add a mulitnational perspective that has been the goal of all global media coverage since the games were first televised.
He is well known for his support of West Bromwich Albion football club, where he is a season-ticket holder and presenter on some of the club's official DVDs. Both of his cars have WBA in their registration and he has a stained glass West Bromwich Albion crest above his door. Chiles talks about West Brom in this interview: http://www.thefirst90minutes.com/football-interviews/celebrity-fan-adrian-chiles-talks-everything-west-brom-exclusively-to-tf90m.html. He also supports the Croatian national team, because of his Croatian mother. Chiles also plays the double bass, as revealed when he dueted with violinist Nigel Kennedy playing Fever on The One Show. On 7 May 2008 his co-presenter on The One Show, Christine Bleakley, sang part of a song with Chiles accompanying on piano.
Chiles was one of several BBC personalities sent soiled toilet paper by post in February 2007. He said of the incident, "The smell is not something you want first thing in the morning.
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