Category: Radio 1
BBC Radio 1 announced today a complete revamp of the station's specialist
The core changes which will come into effect on Monday 25 September are:
Colin Murray to present a brand new music show, Monday to Thursday from 10.00pm.
Colin will be playing music that reflects the wide ranging specialist tastes of
Radio 1's young audience and will focus on all of the most exciting and
exhilarating aspects of youth culture including a regular documentary feature.
The introduction of four In New Music We Trust shows hosted by some of Radio 1's
key musical experts.
Running Monday to Thursday from 9.00pm, the In New Music We
Trust shows will act as one stop guides to everything that's happening in a
particular genre fronted by the experts in that field.
The signing of brand new specialist talent Eddie Halliwell and Trophy Twins.
An extension to the specialist music output by four hours per week.
Other new shows include:
Eddie Halliwell: new signing Eddie plays the freshest records from the clubs
Trophy Twins: another new signing seeing the clubbing generation through the
The 1Xtra showcase: a selection of the very best new black music from 1Xtra;
Your Show with Annie Mac (title tbc): by the audience, for the audience;
Annie's Mix Tape: Radio 1's multi-genre mix show fronted by Annie Mac;
Radio 1's Future Mix (title tbc): a multi-genre show featuring the hottest new
Chris Coco and Fergie will leave Radio 1 in September. Fergie will continue
to put together Essential Mixes for the station.
Edith Bowman will now be the solo host of the prestigious weekday 1.00 to 4.00pm slot.
Colin Murray said: "I've always had a close relationship with our listeners and
now I'm taking it to a whole new level.
"I've been at Radio 1 for eight years
with more than four years of that time spent making specialist programmes and
I'm grateful to be given the chance to front a show that really hits those
turned-on, engaged evening Radio 1 listeners.
"It's basically a blank canvas to
tamper with the traditional format.
"It's going to be exciting and personal and
it's going to show a blatant disregard for musical pigeon-holing.
the only downside will be my partnership with Edith coming to an end but our
friendship comes first and Edith knows that I belong in the darkness, and wishes
"I am sure we'll be thrown together for every big Radio 1 event in the
future. I'm just glad we didn't reach the stage where we had to work out custody
of the kids."
Andy Parfitt, Controller of Radio 1 and 1Xtra, said: "This continues the story of
change for Radio 1 which for a young service is absolutely essential.
made the specialist schedule easier for our audience to navigate and provided a
broader range of content.
"We believe that this and the amazing talent line up
will help even more listeners to come and sample the wealth of distinctive
specialist shows Radio 1 has to offer."
Ian Parkinson, Head of Specialist Music and Speech, Radio 1, said: "It's important
for the schedule to keep evolving to keep pace with the musical passions of our
young audience which is why we've made these changes.
"Colin brings with him a
wealth of specialist knowledge as well as his consummate skills as a broadcaster
and it's great to be able to give new talent like Eddie Halliwell and The Trophy
Twins their own shows.
"Fergie and Chris have been great and we wish them well in
their future careers."
Fergie said: "I never thought I would be on my school radio never mind Radio 1!
"The support they have given to me over the past five years has undoubtedly
helped me to develop and mature as a DJ.
"If it hadn't been for the open minded
attitude of the producers I would not have been able to push out the boundaries
allowing me to showcase new music and artists on my show as much as I did.
me personally it has been a real inspiration and a privilege to work with the
most cutting edge DJs, producers and presenters, on the best radio station there
is - so thanks Radio 1! In new music we trust! Happy Dayz!"
Edith Bowman said: "Exciting times ahead, obviously sad that it's the end of our
mini-era, but ecstatic at the prospect of having my own daytime show on Radio 1.
"I'm so chuffed for Colin and I know he's thrilled about his new show.
our daily banter but I'm on cloud nine at what lies ahead and the incredible
opportunity I've been given.
"The show is not going to be completely different,
more an evolution of the present one."