Tim Westwood ‘sacked’ from 1Xtra drive

DJ Tim Westwood is tweeting that he has been ‘sacked’ from his BBC Radio 1Xtra weekday show after it was announced he is being replaced.

He remains with the station at the weekend, with his regular Saturday night show and a new Sunday show.

He tweeted just before 6pm Thursday “I’ve been sacked from 1Xtra Mon-Fri 4-7pm from sept #westwoodyourfired” and started re-tweeting listeners who did not like the news. He then followed it up with “It’s official I’ve lost my afternoon voice due to schedule changes I will not be presentin 1Xtra Mon-Fri 4-7pm from Sept”

Charlie Sloth will takeover Drive, or as the station calls it, Early Evening. Charlie’s delighted to be taking over from Westwood: “I’m very excited about being given the opportunity to speak to the nation for five days a week and for the faith put in me by the Radio 1Xtra team.”

Tim’s official press release quote is “It’s been a lot of fun and a great experience.”

Newcomer Yasmin Evans have been appointed to host weekend breakfast following her development through 1Xtra’s pilot scheme, which is part of the station’s commitment to developing young new talent.

Talking about joining the station Yasmin said: “I’m incredibly excited and very thankful for all the effort that everyone has put in, which has allowed me to get this amazing opportunity. I can’t wait to get started!”

From September the new schedule will be:

Daytime (Monday – Friday)
6am-10am: Radio 1Xtra Breakfast show with Twin B
10am-1pm: Trevor Nelson
1pm-4pm: Sarah Jane Crawford
4-7pm: Charlie Sloth

7pm-10pm: MistaJam
10pm-2am RnB with CJ Beatz
2am-4am: Charlie Sloth (Radio 1 simulcast)
4am-6am: Charlie Sloth (repeat of last week’s edition)

7pm-10pm: MistaJam
10pm-2am: UK Garage with Cameo
2am-4am: Nihal (Radio 1 simulcast)
4am-6am: Nihal (repeat of last week’s edition)

7pm-10pm: MistaJam
10pm-2am: Drum and Bass with Crissy Criss
2am-4am: Benji B (Radio 1 simulcast)
4am-6am: Benji B (repeat of last week’s edition)

7pm-10pm: MistaJam
10pm-2am: Dancehall with Robbo
2am-4am: Toddla T (Radio 1 simulcast)
4am-6am: Toddla T (repeat of last week’s edition)

7pm-10pm: DJ Target
10pm-2am: Hip Hop with Semtex
2am-4am: Friction (repeat)
4am-7am: 1Xtra Stories and Seani B (repeat)

Weekend daytimes
7am-10am: Yasmin
10am-1pm: Nick Bright
1pm-4pm: Adele Roberts
4-7pm: DJ Target

Weekend evenings
7pm-9pm: Trevor Nelson (Radio 1 simulcast)
9pm-11pm: Westwood (Radio 1 simulcast)
11pm-1am: MistaJam (Radio 1 simulcast)
3am-5am: Friction (Radio 1 simulcast)
5am-7am: Seani B (Radio 1 simulcast)

7pm-9pm: Westwood
9pm-10pm: 1Xtra’s Stories
10pm-2am: Edu
2am-4am: B.Traits (Radio 1 simulcast)
4am-6am: B.Traits (repeat of last week’s edition)

Controller Ben Cooper said: “As 1Xtra nears its 10th birthday it’s great to be welcoming a new generation of presenters to the station who will take on the baton of championing the best in urban music for a young audience.

“Tim has proved to be one of the most influential figures in UK hip-hop and I’m delighted that he will continue to bring his wealth of knowledge and unique style to Radio 1 and 1Xtra across the weekends.”

Posted on Thursday, May 24th, 2012 at 8:48 pm by RadioToday UK

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