Andy Parfitt announces Radio 1 departure
Posted by
Andy Parfitt announces Radio 1 departure

The Controller of Radio 1, 1Xtra, Popular Music and Asian Network Andy Parfitt has announced to staff that he is leaving the station next week after 13 years in charge.

Deptuty Controller Ben Cooper will become Acting Controller for Radio 1 and 1 Xtra, whilst BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music boss Bob Shennan takes the additional temporary title of Controller of Popular Music and Asian Network.

He made the announcement to staff this morning, with Radio 1’s PR department tweeting the news shortly afterwards. Afternoon presenter Scott Mills was quick to tweet: “My boss for my whole time of being here. It’s a sad day and he will be missed.”

Chris Moyles said: “It’s been announced that my friend and boss #andyparfitt is to leave @BBCR1 I’ll miss working, laughing and arguing with him! Good Luck pal.”

Andy was appointed Controller, BBC Radio 1, in March 1998, with extra responsibilities for BBC Popular Music and 1 Xtra being added in recent years.

He said: “I am immensely proud to have held this position and I leave with all three stations in great shape with their listening figures at record highs and following a great BBC wide Glastonbury event. I’m most proud of the incredible teams I’m leaving behind – a group of talented, hardworking, creative and inspirational people who are a credit to the BBC.”

Tim Davie, Director, Audio & Music, said: “Andy has been a fantastic Controller and leaves Radio 1 in rude health – with distinctive, high quality programmes and record listening figures – having transformed the station into a fully interactive digital proposition. He has been an inspirational leader within the BBC and a highly respected across the whole of the radio industry.”

Prior to being appointed as Controller of Radio 1 in 1998, Andy was the network’s Deputy Controller. Andy moved to Radio 1 as Chief Assistant to the Controller in 1993 and, a year later, he was promoted to Editor, Commissioning and Planning. Soon after this he became Managing Editor and then Deputy Controller.

Tim Davie will soon begin the recruitment process to appoint a new Controller.

Hear more radio industry news like this at the top of the hour on inRadio - the radio industry's very own radio station. Listen now in a new window whilst you continue reading RadioToday or press play below.

0 0 540 21 July, 2011 Industry News 8:32 am 20117 Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Leave a Reply

Looking for something else?


Subscribe to our emails to stay informed about the latest radio news and products delivered straight to your inbox.

Related Posts

WorldDAB General Assembly 2016 - November 9, 2016 at 10:00 am ()
Student Radio Awards - November 10, 2016 at 6:00 pm (The O₂ 10 Entertainment Avenue, London, SE10 0DY, England)
BBC Gillard Awards - November 10, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Newcastle)
Audio Production Awards - November 24, 2016 at 6:00 pm (BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, London)
Radio TechCon 2016 - November 28, 2016 at 10:00 am (The Arts Theatre, 6-7 Great Newport St, London WC2H 7JB)
Salon de la Radio - January 29, 2017 at 10:00 am (Paris)
Salon de la Radio - January 30, 2017 at 10:00 am (Paris)
Salon de la Radio - January 31, 2017 at 10:00 am (Paris)
More events