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- What does Jo do for a living?
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- Where is Jo now?
- How tall is Jo?
- How much money does Jo earn?
- What is Jo’s net worth?
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Who is Jo Whiley?
Joanne Whiley-Morton professionally known as Jo Whiley is an English famous radio DJ and television presenter. Previously she was the host of the long-running weekday later weekend Jo Whiley Show on BBC Radio 1. Currently, she presents her weekday evening Radio 2 show.
How Old Is Jo Whiley?
She is 56 years old as of June 2022, having been born on July 4, 1965, in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England. Jo shares her birthdate with celebrities such as; Sophie Fergi, Post Malone, Sydney Serena, Jasmine Gonzalez, Malia Obama, and many more.
Jo Whiley Family
Who are Jo Whiley Parents?
She was born to Martin Whiley (Father) an electrician and Christine Whiley (Mother) a postmistress.
Does Jo Whiley have Siblings?
She has a younger sister by the name of Frances Whiley who is two years younger.
Jo Whiley Education
She received her high school education at Campion School. After high school, she attended the University of Brighton where she studied applied languages. Later she enrolled at the City, University of London for a one-year course on radio journalism.
Jo Whiley Marital Status
She is married to the love of her life Steve Morton, a music executive. They married in July 1991, in Northampton, and they live in Northamptonshire.
Jo Whiley Kids
She and her husband Steve have four kids by the names; of India Whiley-Morton, Cassius Whiley-Morton, Coco Lux Whiley-Morton, and Jude Whiley-Morton.
Jo Whiley Career
An Early Career
In the final year of her degree, she was still unsure of what she wanted to do a conversation with a lecturer led to employment with BBC Radio Sussex on a show called Turn It Up. This allowed anyone to get on the radio and thus required Jo to attend shows and interview the musicians. She then got a job as a researcher on WPFM, a BBC Radio 4 youth culture and music show after having written for many years. When presenters Gary Crowley and Terry Christian left, she took over thus gaining her first presenting role.
Next, she moved into television firstly at British Satelite Broadcasting where she produced and presented the indie show, and then at Channel 4 where she worked as a researcher on The World with her friend Zoe Ball. From September 1993 until March 2011, she moved on to BBC Radio 1 during the heyday of Britpop with bands such as Blur and Oasis. Later she and Steve Lamacq hosted a weekly evening show called The Evening Session which was oriented towards less-mainstream, non-dance music. In Late 1995, she presented her own show on Saturday.
In addition, she was a regular guest presenter on Top of the Pops from 1995 to 1998, initially presenting with fellow DJ Steve Lamacq before flying solo and alternating with Zoe Ball and Jayne Middlemiss. Between 2005 and 2006 she returned to the show twice to co-present with lead presenter Fearne Cotton. In addition, she published her autobiography My World in Motion in July 2009, on CD through Random House Audiobooks.
A Career in The Jo Whiley Show on BBC Radio 1
From February 1997, she had a weekday lunchtime show called The Jo Whiley Show and later The Lunchtime Social. In February 2001 when Simon Mayo left BBC Radio 1 for BBC Rdio 5 Live and BBC Rdio 2, her show was moved to a mid-morning slot. However, The Jo Whiley Show July 2008 was fined £75,000 for misleading listeners for an incident involving a member of BBC staff posing as a member of the public taking part in a competition. In September 2009, Jo Whiley’s weekday broadcasting was part of a major shake-up of Radio 1’s weekday schedule. For this reason, the shake-up saw Greg James move to the afternoon slot (which was occupied by Edith Bowman) and Fearne Cotton move to Whiley’s slot. On September 18, 2009, her final weekday program took place. On March 27, 2011, was her last show on BBC Radio 1.
A Career on BBC Radio 2
Since August 2009, she has been an occasional stand-in presenter for Claudia Winkleman on BBC Radio 2. On Friday 21 August she was first heard and made subsequent appearances on October 2, November 27, and December 18, 2009. It was announced in March 2010, that Jo and former BBC Radio 1 presenter Steve Lamacq would present a one-off Evening Session (the first in 13 years) on Good Friday (April 2) for BBC Radio 6 Music. On January 28, 2011, she presented another Evening Session.
After being an occasional stand-in presenter on BBC Radio 2, in April 2010 she began presenting In Concert on Thursday evenings. After 17 years of broadcasting, it was announced on February 1, 2011, that Jo would be leaving BBC Radio 1 to join BBC Radio 2. There she would present an evening show from Mondays to Thursdays starting on April 4, 2011, replacing The Radcliffe and Maconie Show. In turn, Radcliffe and Maconie would move to BBC Radio 6 Music while Jo’s Radio 1 show would be taken over by Huw Stephens. Since 2011 she has been co-host of Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park.
The BBC announced in March 2012, that as a part of the broadcaster’s celebration of the 20th anniversary of Britpop, Jo and Lamacq would present a week of Evening Sessions from April 7 on Radio 2. It was then announced in January 2018, that she would join daytime on a drivetime show with Simon Mayo. Therefore, this became the first time a woman co-presented a Radio 2 daytime show in 20 years. Later that year on October 22, the station announced that Mayo would be leaving Radio 2 after a backlash against the change with Jo moving back to an evening slot.
A Television Career
Besides having a career on Radio, she presents televised coverage of major music festivals such as the Glastonbury Festival. Moreover, she has narrated the BBC Three series, Little Angels. Furthermore, she became a judge in October 2007, on the T4 (Channel 4) show Orange unsignedAct which searches for a band trying to get a record deal. Recently she has begun hosting a music TV show on the music channel TMF.
From late 1998, she hosted her own music discussion called The Jo Whiley Show on Channel 4, which ran for four series until late 2001. On March 15, 2010, she presented an edition of the Panorama documentary titled Are the Net Police Coming for You? During her tenure, she looked at the Digital Economy Bill, a proposed new law targeting people who download music illegally from the Internet. In addition, she was a contestant on the Children in Need special of Swashbuckle in 2014 with her daughter Coco. In July 2021, sh eas a co-presenter for the BBC’s coverage of the Hampton Court Garden Festival.
She is a celebrity ambassador for Mencap, a UK charity that works to support people with learning disabilities. For this reason, she hosts the Little Noise Sessions concert in aid of Mencap. Moreover, she is a supporter of Tommy’s – The Baby Charity. On March 19, 2014, she took on a challenge for Sport Relief, in which she walked jogged, and ran on a treadmill for 26 hours with a 5-minute rest break each hour. She did this so as to raise money for the Sport Relief appeal that same week. While completing the challenge, she hosted two radio shows. And thus the achievement impressed members of the band Coldplay who donated £260,000 to Sport Relief.
Jo Whiley Height and Measurements
Adding up to her well-curved and beautiful body, she stands at a height of 5ft 6inches (1.68m) and a weight of 65kg (143lbs).
Jo Whiley Salary and Net Worth
She has a salary of between £280,000 to £284,999 and a net worth of $11 million.