BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra’s Head of Programmes Rhys Hughes says he’s afraid of whatever Apple has planned in the music and radio sector.
Speaking with Radio 1 presenter Clara Amfo at the Student Radio Conference, Rhys says “Apple has the money to chuck at it and they’ll tie you in”. He mentioned Zane Lowe joining the company ahead of their music streaming plans being announced (probably) in June/July this year.
The comments came in response to Clara asking how Rhys sees Radio 1 in the multi-platform world, where he highlighted Radio 1’s strapline of ‘Listen Watch Share’ which encourages listeners to watch Radio 1 on YouTube and other platforms.
Also, Clara says she is still excited at the prospect of taking over the Radio 1 mid-morning show from Fearne Cotton from May 25th.
She was talking about her path to radio which included six years at KISS, after joining initially just for a few weeks to help out. After being fired from her first media gig Clara was ready to give it all up so spent a year working in a call centre.
Rhys Hughes, Radio 1, was giving advice on sending demo tapes to the BBC: “Don’t be afraid to be entertaining. Just because you’re hosting a music show people still want to hear your personality.”
He has two editors, one for Rob Littlejohn and Aled Haydn-Jones, but he’s the best person to send demo tapes to but if he’s really busy he’ll pass them on to the relevant network editor.