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Radio 1 shakes up dance music shows

Presenters including Judge Jules and Gilles Peterson are leaving BBC Radio 1 next year as part of major changes to the station’s dance music output.

Kissy Sell Out and Fabio & Grooverider will also depart as five new specialist music DJs join the station.

Skream & Benga, Toddla T, Charlie Sloth and Friction will all be hosting their own shows on the station from April 2012.

There’ll also be a new ‘BBC Radio 1 Residency’ show on Thursday nights midnight to 2am which will have a different presenter each week – including DJs Heidi, Chuckie and Kutski.

Ben Cooper, Controller of Radio 1, said: ”It’s important that Radio 1 continues to develop new talent and the station keeps evolving for our young listeners. These changes to our evening schedule will strengthen the range and depth of the specialist music offering on the network. We’d like to thank Jules, Gilles and Fabio & Grooverider for over a decade of hard work and commitment to music at Radio 1, and also to Kissy Sell Out his contribution over the last three years. All are incredibly talented and we wish them the very best for the future.”

Judge Jules said: “I’ve had an incredible time over the last 14 years at Radio 1. I’m going to continue DJ’ing and I’m having a bit of a career change – I’m off to become an Entertainment Lawyer at Sheridans.”

Gilles Peterson said: “I’ve had an amazing 13 years at Radio 1 – to be able to get away with the radical music that I’ve pushed out has always surprised me and I thank Radio 1 for giving me the freedom to do that. I’m looking forward to continuing my work in the BBC family some time in the future.”

Gilles is currently talking to Radio 6 Music about future projects. The new schedule will come into effect from Monday 2nd April 2012

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