Yates and Kay to go as Radio 1 revamps weekends

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Reggie Yates and Vernon Kay are to leave Radio 1 at the end of the year.

Yates, who presents the station's official chart show, is to move on after ten years at Radio 1 and 1Xtra to concentrate on film and tv work, including a new BBC Three documentary series.

He said it had been 'a privilege to deliver to the nation the weekly No.1 song'.

Kay, who has hosted the Saturday morning show for nearly a decade, plans to free up weekends for his family. 'After 12 yrs working weekends, cbbc,T4, R1, I've decided not to extend my R1 contract,' tweeted the father of two. 'I've had a blast.'

First woman

Jameela Jamil will become the first solo woman presenter of the Radio 1 chart show from January, while Matt Edmondson will take on both Kay's Saturday show and Sara Cox's Sunday show. Cox is to cover Fearne Cotton's weekday slot while she is on maternity leave.

Jamil's Sunday night Radio 1 Request show will be handed over to 'YouTube sensations' Dan and Phil. The pair, who have hosted occasional shows for the station before, will hope to repeat their online popularity on air. Their funny videos have clocked up 100m views.

Their show - together with the chart show's top ten - will be in vision on the website.

Ben Cooper, Radio 1 controller, thanked Kay and Yates for being 'excellent ambassadors' for his station.

'I'm excited by our brand new shows,' he added, 'which will appeal to the smartphone generation with our audience able to listen, watch and share Radio 1's great content.'

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