Fridays is now truly the start of the week at Radio 1 as the station unveiled major changes to the daytime schedule.
From June the usual weekday DJs – Grimmy, Clara, Scott and Chris, and Greg James – will be shafted for the weekend crew.
Dev and Alice will be the new Friday morning breakfast presenters, Maya Jama will present the mid-morning show, and Mollie and Matt Edmondson will present from 1pm.
It’s not all bad news for Scott Mills fans though as he will now takeover the Radio 1 Chart Show between 4pm and 7pm on a Friday evening.
The move is the latest attempt from Radio 1 boss Ben Cooper to the address listener figures as younger audiences turn to streaming instead of radio. It is also likely to be a move to help cut the BBC wage bill, and address gender balance on the station.
Commenting on the news Scott Mills said: “I was sat with my Mum when I got this news, and she actually cried because I’ve been pretending to do the chart show on Radio 1 since I was 8 years old. I’ve filled in on the show so much over the years, and I can’t believe it’s actually mine. I’m beyond excited!”
Ben Cooper (Controller, BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra and Asian Network) added: “The weekend will start here at Radio 1 on a Friday morning giving our young audience that feel good factor a day early. It’s our job at Radio 1 to reinvent the way young people listen to the radio, to disrupt traditional thinking and to look for new ways in which to grow audiences.”
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