BBC Radio 1 announces 35 lucky presenters getting a one-off show

The 35 guest presenters to appear on BBC Radio 1 over the festive period have been announced… and the winners are:

  • Ailbhe Máiréad, 28, from London (Radio 1 Rock Show)
  • Aine Cronin-McCartney, 26, from Belfast (BBC Music Introducing on Radio 1)
  • Cal Carthy, 24, from Hertfordshire (Radio 1’s Future Sounds)
  • Carmen London, 31, from Tooting (1Xtra Takeover)
  • Connor Coates, 26, from Belfast (Radio 1’s Dance Party)
  • Dave Holt, 33, from Birkenhead (Late morning slot)
  • DJ Astonish, 26, from Derby (1Xtra Rap Show)
  • DJ Davda, 20, from London (Radio 1’s Soundsystem)
  • Fat Brestovca, 26, from Scotland & Kathryn Wilson, 30, from Belfast (Radio 1’s Life Hacks)
  • Fee Mak, 22, from London (Drivetime)
  • Gabriel Green, 23, from Cornwall & Joe Pilbrow, 21, from Oxfordshire (Early Breakfast)
  • Gregor Davidson, 21, from Aberdeen (Early afternoon slot)
  • Henrie Kwushue, 24, from London (Breakfast)
  • Holly Palmer, 22, from London & Rhys Gunter, 21, from Weymouth (Early Breakfast)
  • Jacob Edward, 21, from Birmingham (Late morning slot)
  • Jade Worsley, 29, based in Dubai (Dance Anthems)
  • Jessica Maciel, 29, from Dublin (Early afternoon slot)
  • Joel Mitchell & Hannah Sackville-Bryant from Leeds, both 21 (Radio 1’s Official Chart)
  • Katie Owen, age 22, from South Wales (Radio 1’s Indie Show)
  • Kaylee Golding, 21, from Birmingham (Early Breakfast)
  • Laura Crockett, 29, from Northamptonshire (Breakfast)
  • Laurie Charlesworth, 26, from Leicester (Radio 1’s Drum & Bass Show)
  • Lucy Edwards, 23, from Birmingham (Late morning slot)
  • Mayce Al Hroub, 23, from Cambridge (Late evening slot)
  • Nakia Oliver, 28, & Fabienne Oliver, 25, both from Manchester (Radio 1 Dance)
  • Priya Matharu, 21, from Birmingham (Radio 1’s Asian Beats)
  • Sian Eleri, 25, from North Wales (Radio 1’s Chillest Show)
  • Stuart Millar, 37, from Belfast (Radio 1 Dance)
  • Summaya Mughal, 25, from Nottingham (Breakfast)
  • Tatum McGreal, 24, from Stockport (Early Breakfast)

BBC Radio 1 received over a thousand entries after asking for demos from anyone with any radio experience back in October.

Among those taking a step away from their day jobs to host on Radio 1 are Jessica Maciel, a tattoo studio owner from Dublin, Dave Holt, a shop manager from Birkenhead, and Stuart Millar, a PhD student and research engineer from Belfast.

Joining them is 21 year-old Gregor Davidson from Aberdeen, who will present on Radio 1 on Boxing Day, marking exactly one year to the day since he hosted his first ever radio show; YouTuber and activist Lucy Edwards, who will become Radio 1’s first blind presenter; and presenter and podcaster Jacob Edward who will become the first non-binary person to host a show on the station.

Laurie Charlesworth will become the first woman to host Radio 1’s Drum & Bass Show, while sister duo Nakia and Fabienne Oliver will co-present a late night dance show.

Each taking a turn hosting the Radio 1 Breakfast show will be Henrie Kwushue from London, Laura Crockett from Northamptonshire and Summaya Mughal from Nottingham. Summaya, who also presents on BBC Radio Leicester, is one of several BBC local radio presenters taking part alongside Joel Mitchell (BBC Radio Leeds) and Sian Eleri (BBC Radio Cymru).

Jessica says: “To be getting an opportunity to get behind a BBC Radio 1 mic feels like a dream and I can’t wait to have the craic with the team and listeners!”

Dave says: “Madness, I still don’t think it has truly sunk in!”

Stuart says: “In terms of dance music radio, I think BBC Radio 1 is the gold standard, and has been for many years – often copied but never equalled. Pete Tong’s show is an institution in its own right, so I feel very lucky and grateful to be asked to present it. I’ve got some MBE-sized boots to fill!”

Lucy says: “I’m so excited to be the first ever blind Radio 1 presenter and I’m looking forward to being a part of the Christmas schedule. Let’s make some fab radio!”

Jacob says: “It feels INCREDIBLE, keeping this a secret has been so hard! This is the dream! I’m just so EXCITED!!!”

Henrie says: “It’s amazing to be a part of the Radio 1 Christmas schedule because I’ve always wanted to hear a voice that sounded like mine on the station, and now I can… because it’s my own voice!”

Laura says: “Being part of the Christmas schedule is a dream come true, I just hope I’m still on the good list after they let me loose at Radio 1!”

Summaya says: “I can’t quite believe it’s happened to be honest, I feel ridiculously blessed, immensely thankful and super excited (whilst secretly praying I don’t press the wrong button!)”

Aled Haydn-Jones, Head of Programmes, BBC Radio 1 says: “The 35 guest presenters we’re announcing today have done incredibly well – having stood out from an astonishing 1,110 entries. Coming from a small Welsh town myself I recognise how hard it is to be noticed on a national level so I wanted this opportunity to be open to as many people as possible, based on just their voice, skill and knowledge. I feel we’ve done that and I can’t wait for our listeners to hear the brilliant presenters we’ve chosen.”

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13 Comments
  1. Len Groat says

    G R E A T…

    ….. 35 new people for a station…. that has lessandlessandless listeners …..

    HOW MUCH did this publicity stunt cost the Licence Fee payers!?

    And NOTE how what is MEANT to be the UKs top MUSIC station exists in an industry scared to use the word

    DEEJAYS !!

    1. Ben says

      A anti BBC comment who is clueless. Radio 1 is listed to in different ways through different media’s. Radio 1 rates millions above Capital it’s nearest competitor. Also rates higher than Heart the biggest commercial music station. People like to crap over Radio 1 but it is still popular. Finding new talent like this is exactly what the BBC should be doing.

    2. David says

      DJ’s play specialist music or mix music.

      Presenters host content driven shows.

      This isn’t a stunt, I’ve worked with a couple of people on this list and know the names of others featured also. They are experienced in commercial radio and it was only recently that the outgoing boss of Radio 1 Ben Cooper said “Radio 1 was having difficulty finding new presenting talent”. So this is a great idea to get new voices featured. Will all 35 become Radio 1 regulars, no that’s highly unlikely, but it doesn’t rule out some being considered for roles in the near future.

      This is a great decision and I only wish more stations and groups did this too.

      Money spent in searching and developing new talent is money well spent.

      1. Jeremy Bism says

        “Radio 1 was having difficulty finding new presenting talent”. I almost split my sides. Apart from the gargantuan misnomer of “talent”, it was having difficulty because it wasn’t looking. Like Radio 2. I could ask a dozen perfectly capable jocks / presenters / call them what you will to send unsolicited demos to both Radios 1 and 2 and there’d be silence. No courtesy of reply, because the BBC (unless you fall into a certain quota or tick a box) is a big, fat closed club. And who is going to develop this “new talent”??? Which loftily titled manager is in possession of the skills, understanding and genuine experience to talk to them about the consistency and quality of what they say when they open the mic. the way they say it, the quality of the their interviewing, spotting inherent potential that can be grown and myriad other beneficial and necessary tasks a leader should be carrying out. But this is the BBC, there are no leaders; all it’s got are gleaming schemes that come along once in a while to mask the abysmal de motivation that poisons so many of their stations.Most of these 35 will have their day in the sun and then slip away.

  2. SteveB says

    This is exactly what the BBC should be doing. Looking for new talent and providing the air time,.It is something that commercial radio would not do.
    Radio 2 take note as well. New voices are potentially far more interesting than hearing a TV celebrity failing to understand the medium of radio.

    1. mb23 says

      Radio 2 hasn’t recruited anyone from local radio for a permanent role since Barbara Sturgeon in 1992. I don’t think that policy will be changing anytime soon.

      1. RED says

        *cough* OJ Borg *cough*

        1. mb23 says

          OJ Borg was a national TV presenter before he went anywhere near Radio 2. He has done some local radio but Radio 2 hired him after he presented the lottery on the telly, plus a few other shows.

          This article is about unknowns from local radio being given a chance on national radio.

          1. Chris B says

            OJ was also on 5Live before Radio 2

    2. Ian Scott says

      Not exactly new talent, with a bunch of them coming from BBC local stations.

      Good idea through.

  3. PC in Spain says

    If only BBC Radio 2 could ditch the celebs and find real talent our listening pleasure would increase so much, I remember the days when you turned the music down and volume up when the ‘record’ ended now we either retune or say “give it a rest” ….

  4. tony yohanson says

    i remember those days too, ohh crackerjack how i miss you so.

  5. langleybury7 says

    Radio 1 could at least have got the likes of Wes Stakes to do a show for them, he’s good!

    Mark Watson, currently on The Breeze network, another good presenter!

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