Phil Taggart and Alice Levine to host prestigious 10pm-midnight show on BBC Radio 1

Signing Alice and Phil to the 10pm-midnight show and confirming Annie as the new host of late Sunday evenings rounds off an incredible year for Radio 1 – from Jay-Z and Rihanna on stage at Hackney to launching a brand new breakfast show with Nick Grimshaw."Ben Cooper, Controller, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra
Date: 05.12.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.57
Category: Radio 1
Ben Cooper, Controller BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra, today announced two new signings to Radio 1 - with Phil Taggart and Alice Levine set to become the new hosts of the prestigious 10pm-midnight show, Monday to Thursday, on Radio 1 from Monday 7 January. Radio 1’s Annie Mac will also become the solo host of the Sunday night 10pm-midnight show on the network.

Phil and Alice’s new show promises to be an energetic mix of specialist and upfront new music, entertainment and guests. The show forms a key part of Radio 1’s specialist music output with the duo set to continue championing new music in the esteemed late night slot which was most recently steered by new Radio 1 Breakfast Show host Nick Grimshaw.

Music has been a passion for 25-year-old Phil from a young age and whilst studying at the University of Ulster, he scooped the BBC/Skillset Young Broadcaster of the year award. Omagh-born Phil is no stranger to the BBC, having stepped up to the presenter’s microphone for the first time on BBC Radio Ulster’s Across The Line programme in 2010. Since then Phil has been the voice of BBC Introducing in Northern Ireland, showcasing the best new music in Northern Ireland; and he has lately become a regular stand-in presenter for Radio 1 DJs Sara Cox, Huw Stephens, Dev and Gemma Cairney.

Phil says: “I’ve been a total Radio 1 geek since I can remember, religiously listening to the chart show and to John Peel on my battered little stereo. It’s a total privilege to be given two hours, four days a week to play brand new music that I am really passionate about and the fact I am doing it with Alice is a complete dream job. She’s sharper than a safety pin and genuinely funny. I can’t wait to get on air and start the show.”

Alice Levine is new to the world of Radio, but brings with her a wealth of presenting experience - having been snapped up by Bebo alongside her fellow student co-host in October 2008 to present their own weekly entertainment show b-box, which saw Alice rubbing shoulders with showbiz’s finest. Alice has since hosted her own series on MTV; presented backstage coverage at The BRIT Awards and EMAs for MTV and since 2011 has become the face of the Big Brother spin-off show Bit On The Side. More recently she has captained a team on Channel 4’s chart music panel show Pop Up Pop Quiz and presented for ITV2’s The Hot Desk.

Originally from Nottingham, Alice’s first step into presenting was on the student run TV station at the University of Leeds.

Speaking about the new show Alice says: "Being offered the chance to be part of the Radio 1 family is a dream come true and to be doing the 10pm-midnight slot is completely unbelievable. I'm so glad Phil, and his encyclopaedic knowledge of music, will be by my side. The prospect of starting in this slot, which has been hosted by so many DJs that I admire is a big deal and I can't wait to get started and put our own spin on it."

Annie Mac has also been confirmed as the solo host of the 10pm-midnight Sunday night show on Radio 1. Annie has established herself firmly as part of Radio 1’s specialist output since joining the network in 2004 – playing the big hitters from every scene, including Drum and Bass, Hip-Hop, House, Breakbeat, Disco and Electro House during her Friday night 7-9pm show.

The Sunday evening 10pm-midnight show will see Annie rounding off the Radio 1 weekend with two hours of mellow and feel good tunes.

Annie Mac says: "I’m really happy to be given the job of gatekeeper to the weekend on Radio 1! Not only will I be continuing to start the weekend in my usual hi-energy and loud fashion but I'm so delighted to be given Sunday nights to end the weekend in a much more serene and mellow way. I take the musical autonomy Radio 1 gives me very seriously and I've always had a musical vision for a Sunday night show. I can't wait to get started on it.”

Ben Cooper, Controller BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra, said: “Signing Alice and Phil to the 10pm-midnight show and confirming Annie as the new host of late Sunday evenings rounds off an incredible year for Radio 1 – from Jay-Z and Rihanna on stage at Hackney to launching a brand new breakfast show with Nick Grimshaw. With Phil, Alice and Annie we have a great set of talented DJs who will continue to champion the best in new music.”

CS