Radio 1 announces new Rock Show

I believe these new schedules continue to innovate, reflect and celebrate the UK’s youth and music culture.Ben Cooper, Controller, Radio 1 & 1Xtra
Date: 05.06.2014     Last updated: 05.06.2014 at 16.04
Category: Radio 1; Radio 1Xtra
  • New shows for Alice Levine and Huw Stephens
  • Biggest change to Specialist Programming in a generation

BBC Radio 1 today announces a new three-hour Rock Show with Daniel P Carter on Sunday night from 7-10pm, following The Official Chart. An alternative to the various Sunday night TV talent competitions, the new show is part of changes to the station’s specialist music and weekend schedules.

Alice Levine will be hosting a new weekend afternoon show from 1-4pm, as part of a continuing strategy to develop new, young presenting talent for the BBC.

There will also be an extended late evening programme from Monday to Wednesday which will be hosted by Huw Stephens from 10pm-1am and will focus on new music, including BBC Introducing content from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the English regions between 12midnight–1am.

There will be a new Monday 9-10pm show for Dan & Phil, with the show being fully visualised, Radio 1 Stories (documentary strand) moves to Tuesday 9-10pm, and Radio 1’s Surgery has a new slot on Wednesday 9-10pm. Phil Taggart will be on air Thursday nights from 9-10pm with a new music show.

Radio 1Xtra has a new look to the weekday 10pm shows with Monki starting a new show on Monday 10pm-1am, a new show for Sian Anderson on Wednesday and Seani B on Thursdays. On Saturday afternoon, female rapper A.Dot joins 1Xtra with a new show from 4-7pm.

It will also mean that Radio 1 & 1Xtra will say goodbye to some familiar faces. Edith Bowman, Nihal, Mike Davies, Rob Da Bank, Jen Long, Ally McCrae, CJ Beatz, Crissy Criss and Robbo Ranx, will all be signing off. Radio 1 & 1Xtra thanks them all for their hard work and commitment to the stations over many years.

These changes, which are due to begin on 1 September, enable Radio 1 & 1Xtra to deliver some of the savings they are being asked to make as part of the wider BBC’s financial challenges following the last Licence Fee settlement. Tough decisions have been made but the strategy remains for the stations to continue to innovate and invent new ways to reach their younger audience.

Ben Cooper, Controller, Radio 1 & 1Xtra, said: “These cuts to our budget are hurting, it means I have had to make some tough choices and say goodbye to some friends and respected colleagues. I believe these new schedules continue to innovate, reflect and celebrate the UK’s youth and music culture.”

In other changes, Skream joins Radio 1’s Residency, which plays host to some of the biggest names and emerging new talent in the dance world and moves to a new three-hour slot at 10pm Thursday. B.Traits joins Radio 1’s Friday night dance line-up from 1-4am, following Annie Mac (7-10pm) and Pete Tong (10pm-1am), who are both extended by an hour.

There is also an extra hour for Dev on Radio 1 Weekend Breakfast (6-10am) and Clara Amfo on 1Xtra Weekend Breakfast (6-10am).

Daniel P Carter said: “To be starting the show directly after the announcement of the UK number one is obviously amazing and to be in the position where my show is an alternative option to the Simon Cowell circus is also a beautiful thing. If that's your bag then all good, but I'm stoked that The Rock Show will be in a slot that reflects the importance of a genre that is now, and always will be, in great shape because it is everything to the people that love it.”

Alice Levine said: “In the 18 months since I joined Radio 1 I've already had so many incredible experiences. And now to be given a weekend daytime show really is a huge privilege. Bring on September!”

Huw Stephens said: “Night-time is a special time at Radio 1, and there is a strong tradition of supporting new artists, so I am delighted to be presenting a new show that will play excellent music and champion BBC Introducing artists as we end the day together.”

Sian Anderson said: “I'm overwhelmed to be given this opportunity. Having a specialist show is perfect for me - I love music and I love showcasing new talent. I'm really excited to now take it to the next level and show everyone what I can do and it's even more amazing to be joining with my St Lucian sister A. Dot.”

A. Dot said: “After many years on the other side of the desk it's incredible to be able to now sit in the presenter's chair. 1Xtra has always felt like home to me so it's great to now be part of the family. I can't wait to get stuck in, The Dotty Show is gonna be unmissable!"

Notes to Editors

Please note – there are no changes to the weekday daytime programmes on Radio 1

The new BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra schedule is available to view here

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