Nine presenters depart Radio 1 & 1Xtra
DQF changes at BBC Radio 1 and 1 Xtra in September means nine presenters are leaving and a new Sunday Rock Show is introduced.
Edith Bowman, Nihal, Mike Davies, Rob Da Bank, Jen Long, Ally McCrae, CJ Beatz, Crissy Criss and Robbo Ranx, will all be leaving the networks as Controller Ben Cooper makes some of the biggest ever changes to specialist programmes.
A new three-hour Rock Show with Daniel P Carter will air on Sunday nights from 7 – 10pm, following The Official Chart, and Alice Levine will be hosting a new weekend afternoon show from 1 – 4pm.
Ben Cooper comments: “These cuts to our budget are hurting, it means I have had to make some tough choices and say goodbye to some friends and respected colleagues. I believe these new schedules continue to innovate, reflect and celebrate the UK’s youth and music culture.”
Daniel P Carter: “I’m stoked that The Rock Show will be in a slot that reflects the importance of a genre that is now, and always will be, in great shape because it is everything to the people that love it.”
There’ll also be an extended late evening programme from Monday to Wednesday with Huw Stephens from 10pm – 1am and will focus on new music, including BBC Introducing content from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the English regions between midnight – 1am.
There will be a new Monday 9 – 10pm show for Dan & Phil with the show being fully visualised, Radio 1 Stories (documentary strand) moves to Tuesday 9 – 10pm, and Radio 1’s Surgery has a new slot on Wednesday 9 – 10pm. Phil Taggart will be on air Thursday nights from 9 – 10pm with a new music show.
Radio 1Xtra has a new look to the weekday 10pm shows with Monki starting a new show on Monday 10pm – 1am, a new show for Sian Anderson on Wednesday and Seani B on Thursdays. On Saturday afternoon, female rapper A.Dot joins 1Xtra with a new show from 4 – 7pm.
In other changes, Skream joins Radio 1’s Residency, which moves to a new three-hour slot at 10pm Thursday. B.Traits joins Radio 1’s Friday night dance line-up from 1 – 4am, following Annie Mac (7 – 10pm) and Pete Tong (10pm – 1am), who are both extended by an hour.
There is also an extra hour for Dev on Radio 1 Weekend Breakfast (6 – 10am) and Clara Amfo on 1Xtra Weekend Breakfast (6 – 10am).
The BBC’s Delivering Quality First cuts means the stations has to save £2.7m from their collective £50m programming budget before 2016.