Radio 1 announces new shows in biggest change to programming in a generation following BBC’s cost-saving measures
BBC Radio 1 yesterday announced various changes to take place, with new shows meaning a new generation of presenters will replace older faces – Edith Bowman, Nihal, Mike Davies, and at least five others will be leaving.
Due to begin on 1st September, the changes are being made as part of BBC’s wider financial challenges following the last License Fee settlement.
“These cuts to our budget are hurting,” says Radio 1 and 1Xtra Controller, Ben Cooper. “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.”
Alice Levine will host a new weekend show as part of Radio 1’s strategy of developing young talent for the BBC. Levine says, “In the 18 months since I joined Radio 1 I’ve already had so many incredible experiences. And now to be given a weekend daytime show really is a huge privilege.”
Daniel P Carter will present a new three-hour rock show on Sunday nights, following the charts. Carter says, “Starting the show after the announcement of the UK number one is amazing and to be in the position where my show is an alternative option to the Simon Cowell circus is also a beautiful thing.”
An extended late evening programme, airing Monday to Wednesday, and focusing on new music, will be presented by Huw Stephens. He says, “Night-time is a special time at Radio 1, and there is a strong tradition of supporting new artists, so I am delighted to be presenting a new show that will play excellent music and champion BBC Introducing artists as we end the day together.
Various other specialist shows will be created, including a Monday 10pm-1am slot presented by Monki, and a new show for Sian Anderson on Wednesday and Seani B on Thursdays. Female rapper A.Dot will join 1 Xtra for a Saturday 4-7pm slot.