Gemma Cairney takes over Radio 1 earlies

BBC Radio 1 is promoting weekend breakfast host Gemma Cairney to early breakfast on weekdays, replacing current presenter Dev.

The two are doing a straight swap, with Dev heading back to weekend breakfast where he started at the station in July 2009 from 1Xtra.

Before starting on weekend breakfast two years ago, Gemma was at 1Xtra where she has co-hosted breakfast with Trevor Nelson then moved on to front the afternoon show.

Gemma Cairney said: “I am ultimately utterly in love with radio and I had to say yes to doing 5 shows a week on Radio 1. I take on this new role with an array of studio worthy pyjamas and pride in the responsibility of becoming a supportive friend of the nation’s early morning risers. Bring it on.”

She began her radio career at Channel 4 Radio, interviewing bands from summer festivals in 2007, before moving on to Kiss in August 2008, where she covered the Kiss 100 Breakfast Show for two weeks.

Dev says “’Really excited about this move and the prospect of bringing my unique brand of professionally ropey radio to weekends. Oh, and I get my life back a bit. Which is nice.”

Ben Cooper, Controller BBC Radio 1, says, “Chris Moyles and Scott Mills both did early breakfast on Radio 1, using it to showcase their creativity, now it’s Gemma’s turn.”

Posted on Friday, January 10th, 2014 at 10:12 am by RadioToday

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