BBC Radio 1 mid-morning presenter Fearne Cotton is leaving the station after confirming she is pregnant with her second child.
She’s been at the station for a decade and has been presenting the morning show since 2009, taking over from Jo Whiley. Fearne thanked Radio 1 and her listeners today, but says it’s time for a new chapter.
Official Chart Show presenter Clara Amfo will take over the weekday 10am – 1pm show from from Monday 25 May including the Live Lounge. Clara joined the station from KISS FM UK via 1 Xtra where she will step down from hosting the Weekend Breakfast Show (6-10am) on Sunday 17 May.
Fearne said today: “Jesse and I are very happy to announce we are having another baby. I feel extremely blessed and happy that Rex will be a big brother, and we get to welcome another Wood into the world.
“It has also been a time of big decisions and one I want to share with you now. After much time and careful thought I have decided to leave Radio 1 after ten amazing years.
“I have had the most incredible decade broadcasting on Radio 1, meeting wonderful people, helping break artists and watching live music from the world’s best.
“However it is now time for a new chapter.
“I would like to thank Radio 1 for being such a great home and most of all to the listeners who have been on this journey with me. It’s such a kick to know you heard a band on my show first, or that the songs I’ve played have helped you through the day, so thank you.
“I will leave with the best memories and many great friends. Here’s to family and new adventures.”
Ben Cooper, Controller, BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra said: “Fearne has been an amazing ambassador for new music and Radio 1, and we want to wish her and her family all the very best for the future. I’m also so excited for Clara, as she represents the next generation of Radio 1 DJs bringing the best new music to young audiences in the UK.”
Clara Amfo said: “I am honoured and thrilled to be presenting such a huge show on Radio 1. The broadcasters who have gone before me have left an impressive trail and I hope to carry that on. Doing this job is an absolute joy and to now have the opportunity to broadcast Monday to Friday is something that I am so grateful for. I can’t wait to introduce a Live Lounge artist for the first time!”