Former Radio 1 presenter Mary Anne Hobbs is re-joining XFM for a weekly Saturday night show which will start in the summer.
Mary Anne – who left the BBC last summer – will also present a series of audio and video postcards for XFM from a coast-to-coast tour of America next month.
Mary Anne spent 14 years at Radio 1, presenting the Rock Show and Breezeblock, and has been credited with breaking UK dubstep. She joined the BBC after being head-hunted from XFM in the mid-90s. When she [link=http://radiotoday.co.uk/news.php?extend.6121.12]quit last summer[/link] she announced she'd be doing more gigs and also teaching and mentoring media students at the University of Sheffield.
Mary Anne said: "I’m thrilled that Xfm has given me the opportunity to deliver the music that I’m so passionate about, on a primetime Saturday night platform. Every week I’ll be bringing future sounds and guest mixes from some of the most forward thinking artists on earth. It’s going to be a no holds barred blitz of new music personally selected by me with a focus on pushing the frontiers and breaking new boundaries."
Andy Ashton, Programme Director for Xfm told RadioToday.co.uk: "We’re incredibly excited to welcome Mary Anne back to the Xfm family. The new addition of such a high profile and credible music tastemaker will bolster our stellar team and signals great things ahead for our listeners who share Mary Anne’s energy and burning passion for trailblazing radio."
Her first Saturday night show back on XFM will be on 9th July 2011.