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Radio 1 announces changes to its specialist schedule


Following on from the daytime schedule changes that BBC Radio 1 announced last month, the station today unveils a new-look specialist line-up with documentaries, a brand new review show and In New DJs We Trust moving into the heart of the weeknight schedule.

Mondays from 9.00 to 10.00pm will become the home of the very best in music documentaries.

Radio 1 Stories will spend an hour exploring the musical back story of listeners' favourite artists, eras, genres and scenes. The new slot is set to feature the fascinating stories of superstars Tiesto and Jay Z along with Radio 1's Story Of The Noughties, a ten-part series looking back at the decade as it draws to a close.

Tuesdays (9.00-10.00pm) sees Nihal hosting a four-way battle of wits and fury as a journalist, a musician and a DJ discuss the qualities (or lack of) of the biggest records, films and games released that week in Radio 1's new review programme.

On Wednesdays (9.00-10.00pm) Huw Stephens heads off on a weekly audio adventure to the boundaries of new musical experimentation to find the most remarkable sounds that producers, DJs, bands, shops, websites and in-boxes have to offer.

In New DJs We Trust becomes a permanent fixture in the 9.00 to 10.00pm slot on Thursdays with the impressive roster of rising stars Jaymo & Andy George, Heidi, Alex Metric, and Toddla T bringing the freshest club music to Radio 1.

Nihal says: "Nine pm has just become the go-to time for anyone who has an inquisitive, opinionated or musically voracious mind.

"For me, refereeing a show that will strip away any agenda-laden niceties and big up the deserving, while smacking down the unnecessary, films, games, books or tracks released that week is a dream come true.

"It will have you shouting at the radio and scrambling for your mobile. Let verbal combat commence."

Friday evenings remain the home of dance but Pete Tong and Annie Mac are flipping shows – so Annie's Mash-Up will kick start the weekend from 7.00 to 9.00pm and Pete Tong is on the decks between 9.00 and 11.00pm.

Annie Mac says: "I'm delighted to be kicking off the weekend on Radio 1 and it's an honour to be following in the footsteps of Pete Tong.

"He's leaving big shoes for me to fill, but I'm really looking forward to bringing the mash-up to a wider audience."

Pete Tong says: "It's been a privilege to start the weekend for such an amazingly long spell, but the switch with Annie is welcome and provides a positive opportunity for us both.

"The later start grants me the chance to bang the gong even louder for the brilliant new dance and electronic music emerging from the UK and around the world."

Twelve hours of black music on Saturday nights continues but Mistajam moves to a new 11.00pm to 1.00am show and Tim Westwood goes it alone from 9.00 to 11.00pm with the best in hip-hop.

Ben Cooper, Deputy Controller, Radio 1, says: "Radio 1 must continue to evolve to help sharpen our offer to younger audiences.

"We're committed to delivering the best content to our audiences and our refreshed schedule reflects this."

Andy Parfitt, Controller, Radio 1, adds: "Taken together with our recent revamp of the core daytime schedule, this represents one of the most significant shake-ups of the whole schedule in recent times and will help us focus on a new generation of Radio 1 listeners."

As a result of the changes, Radio 1 bids farewell to Steve Lamacq after 16 fantastic years. Steve remains in the BBC radio family with his weekday show on BBC 6 Music and his weekly show on BBC Radio 2.

Steve Lamacq says: "It was a wonderful opportunity to try and subvert pop music radio from within, which I hope we managed to do more often than not."

Nihal goes solo on his late-night weekly show, so Bobby Friction leaves the station but continues to host his programme on the BBC Asian Network.

Chris Goldfinger will no longer co-present with Tim Westwood on Saturday nights, but he'll be working with BBC 1Xtra in the future.

Ben Cooper adds: "Steve has been a tremendous ambassador for Radio 1, making a huge contribution to the station so we'd like to thank him for that.

"I'd also like to express gratitude to Bobby and Chris for their dedication and hard work for Radio 1 over the years and wish them both well."

The schedule changes come into effect on Monday 21 September 2009.

Notes to Editors

Summary of other specialist schedule changes:

  • Annie Nightingale moves from Saturdays (5.00-7.00am) to Fridays (2.00-4.00am)
  • Rob da Bank moves from Mondays (2.00-4.00am) to Saturdays (5.00-7.00am)
  • Mary-Anne Hobbs moves from Tuesdays (2.00-4.00am) to Thursdays (2.00-4.00am)
  • Gilles Peterson moves from Thursdays (2.00-4.00am) to Wednesdays (2.00-4.00am)
  • 1Xtra's Mixtape on Sunday from 3.00-5.00am will be presented by Seani B (as a result of Mistajam moving to the new 11.00pm-1.00am show)

Please note that the current 9.00-10.00pm Monday-Thursday slot is as follows: Monday - Steve Lamacq; Tuesday - Tim Westwood; Wednesday – Huw Stephens; Thursday – Pete Tong.

BBC 1Xtra has also announced today that Tim Westwood is to present their drive time show.

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