Student lands BBC Radio 1 gig

A student at the University of Reading is joining Radio 1 as their resident film critic, replacing James King who left the station earlier this month.

22 year old Rhianna Dhillon will make her first on-air appearance later this week with Greg James.

Rhianna, who is originally from Brighton, is currently in her final year studying English with film and theatre and will graduate in July.

As well as taking over the traditional Radio 1 Friday afternoon movie review slot, Rhianna will also lead increased movie content on-air and online across all parts of Radio 1 and 1Xtra's output.

Rhianna was discovered as Radio 1 and 1Xtra's Movies Team – led by Producer Andy Taylor – spoke to young film fans for 'BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra’s Favourite Movies' series, which counted down the nation’s favourite films, as voted for by listeners.

In the lead up to the series a wide range of young film experts around the UK were consulted including listeners, journalists, bloggers, and students. Rhianna attended a Radio 1 Movies Team visit to Reading University and immediately impressed with her knowledge of film and her bright personality. She later took part in a rigorous piloting process alongside nine other young hopefuls before landing the job.

Ben Cooper, Deputy Controller, BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra told us: "Films are important to our young listeners. I'm looking forward to Rhianna's passion and knowledge connecting with the next generation of movie goers when she's talking with them on facebook, twitter and on the radio."

Rhianna said: "I’m absolutely thrilled to have been offered this opportunity. I can't think of a more perfect job for me as it combines film and Radio 1, two things I talk about constantly! I know this will be an incredible experience and I can't wait to get started."

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