Zane Lowe is leaving BBC Radio 1, to be replaced on the evening show by Annie Mac.
Annie started on-air at Radio 1 in 2004, after joining the station as a Broadcast Assistant on Zane Lowe’s show. She will continue to host her Friday evening show on the network, but will step down from her slot hosting Radio 1’s ‘Musical Hot Water Bottle’ on Sunday evenings.
The changes start on Monday 9th March, after which Zane will be moving to America with his family to work at Apple. He first joined Radio 1 in 2003 and his final show will be Thursday 5th March.
Zane Lowe said: “I want to thank everyone at Radio 1 – for their support and friendship. The station has allowed me to share incredible music with the country’s best music fans – I’ve loved every minute of it. Exciting times lie ahead.”
Phil Taggart will be taking over the ‘Musical Hot Water Bottle’ on Radio 1 with his first show being Sunday 1 March. He will continue to host his Thursday evening future music show on the network.
Annie Mac said: “I am so excited and humbled to be asked to do this show. The thing I love about music radio is those private epiphanies it provides. Having 11 hours of airtime a week to share those moments with music that has no boundaries, is beyond a job, it’s a privilege. And to be following in the footsteps of Zane Lowe, a broadcaster that I respect and admire enormously, is a huge honour. I can’t wait to get started.”
Ben Cooper, Controller, BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, said: “Annie has proven she is a great ambassador for new music, and I’m delighted that she’s bringing her passion and knowledge to young audiences across the week. I’d like to thank Zane for 12 wonderful years at Radio 1, and wish him and his family all the very best.”