Wall, a fanatical supporter of Altrincham FC, assumed the top job at 5 live last year when Adrian van Klaveren was moved to another post in the fallout from the Jimmy Savile scandal. Unlike his predecessor, the 41-year-old has moved his family up North and he now lives with his wife and two children in Knutsford.

Wall began his career at Radio Humberside before moving into BBC Sport, becoming editor of 5 live Sport before being appointed the station’s deputy controller and commissioning editor in 2008. Has made a conscious attempt to address the station’s reputation for serious news and politics coverage, and has also introduced an online ‘in short’ initiative and a new hour-long science show.

The audience seems to approve – listeners in the final quarter of 2013 were up from 6.27m to 6.53m year on year, and the station is sure to benefit from a World Cup boost this summer.