Vernon and Reggie to leave BBC Radio 1
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Vernon and Reggie to leave BBC Radio 1

Vernon Kay and Reggie Yates are to leave Radio 1 as part of major changes to the station’s weekend schedule.

Jameela Jamil will take over from Reggie as the first ever solo female to host the Chart Show, while Matt Edmondson moves into the weekend 10am-1pm slot.

Reggie leaves the station after 10 years, five of them on breakfast. Vernon has been on the weekend line-up at Radio 1 for nine and a half years. Both depart at the end of the year, with the schedule changes coming into place from January.

Vernon said: “I’ve had an incredible nine-and-a-half years at Radio 1 that has exceeded all of my expectations, it has been a fabulous experience and I’ve loved the weekends I have spent with my listeners. However, when I was offered a contract extension I thought long and hard, but after 12 years of working weekends with CBBC, T4 and Radio 1, I felt it was the right time to leave as the girls are now both in school so weekends are more precious than ever.”

Reggie said: “I have absolutely loved my time hosting the Chart Show. It’s been a privilege to deliver to the nation the weekly No.1 song, but after 10 years at Radio 1/1Xtra I am looking forward to focusing on other projects and new challenges.”

Edmondson will do Vernon’s old show as well as the Sunday morning programme which is currently presented by Sara Cox. She’s moving to weekday mornings to cover Fearne Cotton’s maternity leave from the New Year.

Jameela Jamil, who has only been at Radio 1 since earlier this year, said of her new show: “I am absolutely delighted and honoured. I’m fully aware that I have big shoes to fill and am so excited to get started… I’ve grown up listening to the official chart so I cannot thank Radio 1 enough for the amazing opportunity.”

Jameela’s current Sunday night Request Show (7-9pm) will be taken over by YouTubers Dan and Phil. They’ve previously done one-off shows for Radio 1 and have 100m views on YouTube for their work. Dan and Phil said: “We are extremely excited to start this new show! We think it’s really changing the idea of a request show and bringing it into the internet generation. It’s going to be an explosive two hours of great music, lols and interactive content that’s completely visualised on the Radio 1 website and we want it to stand out as one of the highlights of the week!”

Completing the new schedule is comedian Tom Deacon, who will present a brand new Wednesday night comedy show at 9pm each week. “I’m really excited about this new show,” he said. “I’ve been doing stand-up comedy for six years and presenting on Radio 1 for the last three, so I’m delighted to be bringing these things together. Expect awesome comedians live in the studio, great music, and lots of laughs… I can’t wait to get started.”

Ben Cooper, Controller BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra, said: “I’d like to thank Vernon and Reggie who have both been excellent ambassadors for Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra during their ten years with us. I wish them all the very best. I’m excited by our brand new shows, which will appeal to the smartphone generation with our audience able to listen, watch and share Radio 1’s great content.”



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12 comments

  1. MrMatt

    They need to make there mind up, the originally axed Tom Deacon, now bringing him back again??
    Vernon is a very skillfull DJ and appeals very much to the younger audience, such a shame he has been axed, to make way for Matt Admundson (or whatever his name is) who is very nerdy & boring, not what a radio station needs at the weekend.
    With the station having now an awfull breakfast show, and now boring weekends, think I’ll no longer tune in. The station is worse than Capital these days (presenter wise).
    Good news about Jameela though, good luck to her on the Chart, so glad Reggie is going.
    I know people will agree, but I liked Radio one the way it was before the first set of changes took place, and I am sat well within the target audience.

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  2. radiogeek6606

    Radio 1 needs to have a better presenter line-up at the weekends, maybe (using the current GMG presenters if the Global deal goes through):

    Saturday
    1am Essential Mix
    3am Annie Nightingale
    5am Rob Da Bank
    7am Non-Stop Music
    8am Darren Parks
    12pm Richard Allen
    3pm Danny Howard
    7pm Trevor Nelson
    9pm Westwood
    11pm Mistajam

    Sunday
    1am Diplo and Friends
    3am Friction
    5am Seani B
    7am Non-Stop Music
    8am Richard Allen
    12pm Dev
    4pm Chart Show
    7pm onwards as usual.

    Just a thought.

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  3. DS Loser

    It’s about time Wonderful Radio 1 hired proper radio DJs again like Roger Twiggy Day, Paul Burnett, Shaun Tilley who would be much better.

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    1. david

      Yes, that’s what Radio One needs – DJs in their sixties. Let’s put it back on 247 metres while we’re about it.

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  4. Plopper Bo

    Ben Cooper has lost the plot. Rid the station of Moyles, yet get Sara Cox covering Fearne Cotton. Tabor MUST be bribing him… Seriously??!

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  5. GCFB

    Radio 1’s schedule is awful, this is how it should be:
    Weekdays
    4:00am Dev
    6:30am Dino & Pete – currently on Capital FM East Midlands at the moment
    10:00am Lucy Ellis
    1:00pm Nick Grimshaw
    4:00pm Dave Rhodes
    7:00pm Zane Lowe
    10:00pm Huw Stephens

    Saturday
    1:00am Essential Mix
    3:00am Annie Nightingale
    5:00am Rob Da Bank
    7:00am Non-Stop
    8:00am Dave Rhodes
    12:00pm Danny Howard
    3:00pm Scott Mills
    7:00pm Trevor Nelson
    9:00pm Westwood
    11:00pm Mistajam

    Sunday
    1:00am-7:00am no change
    7:00am Non-Stop Music
    8:00am Scott Mills
    12:00pm Wes Stakes
    4:00pm Radio 1’s Official Chart with Scott Hughes
    7:00pm Radio 1 Request Show with Jameela Jamil
    9:00pm Sunday Surgery
    10:00pm Annie Mac

    This could work, and it’s got some pretty good talent there!

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