1Xtra DJ Benji B takes over from Mary Anne Hobbs


Benji B

BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ Benji B has been named as Mary Anne Hobbs' successor on Radio 1.

He takes over the Thursday morning 2-4 slot with his first show to be broadcast on 14 October.

Mary Anne Hobbs announced she was leaving in July after 14 years at the station. She'll host her final show on 9 September.

Radio 1 says Benji B is "a leader in the future and soulful music movement" and runs his own club night in London.

He said: "I've loved my eight years at 1Xtra and am delighted to be given this incredible opportunity.

"I can't wait to bring the essence of my Sunday night show and my loyal audience to my new Radio 1 programme."

Benji B has presented a weekly show on BBC Radio 1Xtra (Sundays, 10pm-1am) playing house, hip hop, dubstep, beats and soulful electronic music.

His final show on the station will be on Sunday 10 October.

Ben Cooper, deputy controller of BBC Radio 1, said: "Benji B's reputation for finding and supporting new cutting edge music is exemplary.

"I'm excited about him being able to put his own mark on the slot by bringing some of the finest cutting edge dub step and experimental electronica to our audiences."

Mary Anne Hobbs, meanwhile, has accepted a job mentoring and teaching students at the University of Sheffield's Union Of Students radio station, TV station and newspaper.

She says she'll also continue to DJ live, work in film and curate at the Sonar festival in Barcelona.