Afghanistan trip for Westwood

Tim Westwood is to broadcast his BBC 1Xtra show from Camp Bastion in Afghanistan for a week, as well as doing a special show for Radio 1.

He'll present his drivetime programme live from the army base at the end of May and it'll be simulcast by forces broadcaster BFBS.

On Bank Holiday Monday 30th May, Westwood kicks off the live broadcasts, with his 4pm-7pm show airing across Radio 1, 1Xtra and BFBS Radio.

Then, from Tuesday 31st May to Friday 3rd June, his show will be simulcast across 1Xtra and BFBS Radio from 4pm-7pm and will also be broadcast by Radio 1 for the last hour (6pm-7pm).

Tim Westwood said: "I really can’t wait to go out to Camp Bastion to show some love and appreciation for the difficult job our troops are doing and the extreme sacrifices they are making. The shows are going to be great and I hope they will make a difference."

On the Spring Bank Holiday last year, Radio 1 and BFBS teamed up for whole day of shared programming from Camp Bastion, airing messages and stories from the forces in Afghanistan.

Ben Cooper, Deputy Controller, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra, said: "My ambition is that BBC Radio 1Xtra will reflect what it feels like to be a young person living and working in Camp Bastion. Last year’s BFBS Day was a significant moment in Radio 1’s history, and I’m confident that this year’s broadcasts will build on those relationships between the BBC, BFBS, the people we meet and their families."

Nicky Ness, Controller of BFBS Radio, added: "The team at BFBS is really excited about working with Radio 1 and 1Xtra again to help connect the fantastic forces community in Afghanistan with the world back home. The news that Tim Westwood is prepared to go and broadcast from our Camp Bastion studios is fantastic, with the promise of great music, entertainment and a real morale boost for operational troops."

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