Neil Fox (broadcaster) : biography
Neil Andrew Howe Fox (born 12 June 1961 in Harrow, London, England) is an English DJ and TV presenter, known for many years as Dr. Fox before he became "Foxy" in the 2000s. He is now known simply as Neil Fox. He was a judge on Pop Idol, along with Simon Cowell, Pete Waterman and Nicki Chapman. He appeared as himself (judging a superhero talent show) in BBC Three sketch show The Wrong Door. The Wrong Door finished in 2008. He is now concentrating on his DJ work.
Fox presented the station's evening show from 7.30-10pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays (sharing weekday evenings with Pat Sharp), where some of his first shows were broadcast only on medium wave, because Capital were then broadcasting "adult" rock music on FM while mainstream chart music was played on MW. However this soon ceased, the MW transmitters were given over to 'oldies' station Capital Gold, and the FM service became Capital FM. He also presented a Saturday morning show.
In the very early 1990s, there was a short period in which Fox hosted a show starting at midnight on Saturday, specifically aimed at the club crowd. It was for this show that he adopted the moniker "Dr. Fox", with the full title of the programme being "Dr. Fox's Midnight Surgery". This was at the suggestion of Capital's Programme Director, Richard Park, who some years previously had been a presenter on Radio Clyde and had hosted a similar show under the pseudonym "Dr. Dick". Many people called the show for requests, Foxy was well known for lots of banter with the callers and the "Surgery" was soon extended to his weekday evening shows.
Fox was establishing himself as one of Capital FM's most popular DJs, and in 1993 he began presenting the Sunday-afternoon Network Chart Show; which due to sponsorship went on to be called the Pepsi Network Chart before becoming simply the Pepsi Chart in 1996 and then hit40uk, sponsored by Woolworths in 2003. During Fox's tenure, this show, which had previously been hosted by David Jensen, overtook the official Top 40 show on BBC Radio 1 (broadcast at exactly the same time) in terms of audience share as published in the JICRAR figures during the time. In addition to this, he still continued with his Evening show, although from 1995, he went out on Sundays - Thursdays. On Sundays, his show went out from 7.00-8.30pm on Sundays as he presented the Chart show beforehand. In 1997, it was rumoured that Matthew Bannister offered Fox the Breakfast show on BBC Radio 1, following the departure of Chris Evans from the station. In late 1998 he took over Capital's 4-7pm drivetime show from David Jensen which was later extended to 8pm.
Fox also presented a show on Channel 5 based around the Pepsi Chart from 1998 until 2002, and he was famously a judge on Pop Idol, as well as presenting various other ITV1 shows. On Capital FM he moved from the weekday evening show to the drivetime show in 1998, again succeeding David Jensen. He deputised for Chris Tarrant on the station's breakfast show on many occasions, especially after Tarrant changed to part-time work in 2003, but was passed over in favour of Johnny Vaughan as Tarrant's successor.
Fox claimed that he wanted to leave Capital when he didn't get the breakfast show, but he initially changed his mind and remained for a while longer. On 30 May 2004 he presented his last hit40uk after 11 years, but remained on Capital FM until the spring of 2005 when he left the station after 18 years, his drivetime show being taken over by Richard Bacon.
Since 12 September 2005, he has been the presenter of the "More Music Breakfast Show" on Magic 105.4 FM in London, and on DAB, Freeview and Satellite across the UK. The show is broadcast every weekday morning from 5.00-9.00am
- Mix'o'matic (1996)
The album Mix'o'matic is a remix album, containing fifty songs over two discs mixed together by Fox.
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