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  1. The first few episodes of the podcast are now on spotify.
    5 points
  2. I can see him staying on daytimes for a good number of years more, why move him when he’s still at the top of his game? Great news he’s signed a new contract.
    4 points
  3. At the risk of disappearing down this same rabbit hole as last time... There is - quite simply - no 'problem' to fix, and even more than that, improvements are being made all the time. The station has recently won a bunch of awards, there is more new talent than that has been for years, the presenter roster is diverse and inclusive.... Of course yes you could put MORE new talent on, or MORE diversity (e.g. Asian voices), but that's missing the point. The goal of equality should be to ensure everyone gets a fair go, and is not discriminated against. Clearly that has been happening at the station for a good while, and there is no need to 'force-fit' any further such changes - we can just let that happen naturally now as talent evolves and grows. It's also critical to keep a good focus on listener numbers, just as they are doing. It's idealistic to say that that doesn't matter and the station should push the boundaries further in daytime - quite simply without the strong figures, the station would be doomed. If anyone thinks the station sounds similar to commercial rivals in daytime, they really need to reconsider that view!!! R1 Dance / Relax are low-cost add-ons that will attract a few more people to the station, and they do offer a commercial-free option that is pretty unique. All in all Aled is doing a fantastic job, the station has rarely sounded better and has never had such a forward-looking presenter strategy!
    4 points
  4. R1Fan1

    Fix ONE thing

    My biggest problem is the nighttime schedule. From September I’d have: Monday-Wednesday have a full on chillest show from 22:00-0:00, not just a power down playlist. This would be hosted by Sian. Thursday night is the rock night, with The Indie Show followed by The Rock Show. Friday and Saturday night are all about dance. Danny and Sarah on both nights, with Pete on Friday and Jaguar on Saturday. on Sunday I’d have BBC Introducing followed by Sunday Chillout, hosted by Jess and then Sian.
    3 points
  5. Personally I'd like them to announce before September that we're going back to a Monday to Friday schedule with the exception of the chart show. Doesn't seem likely though.
    3 points
  6. What becomes dull is the same post over and over tho, it has to be said. the forum isn’t a debate that needs to be ‘won’ - different ideas can coexist - all be right and valid - without slogging the same point o’er and o’er
    3 points
  7. I'm a bit late to the party... but some very interesting points on both sides, i can certainly see valid points about change etc. However, i certainly think that Radio 1 are already in a good place... and that Aled has actually made brilliant progress in the short time he has been in the job. Radio in general has already had an issue in attracting younger listeners, i do not think the radical changes suggested would achieve that. You'd just put off your existing audience. They've always done well to place themselves where their audience are, especially on social media. They jumped straight onto Facebook and Twitter as they grew big, just like they've since done with Snapchat, Instagram and now TikTok, which is a vital way of engaging with their target audience.. and being present as a 'youth brand'. In terms of the linear radio side of things. Again, i cannot see what they cam do more 'radical' without scaring off a lot of listeners. The listener reaction often proves they're doing something right. Especially with their focus on mental health, one of the most important issues relating to the audience. Also, there has always been older listeners to Radio 1, a lot of them you'll never shake off... that's fine too. It was either Greg himself or Ben Cooper who said somewhere that if you strike a fine balance of not alienating the parents... their children will listen in too, who often stick with the station themselves as they get older. That's one of the reasons why putting Greg on breakfast was a good decision. In terms of sounding like their commercial rivals... i'd say R1 strike the balance well between serving their remit and appealing to a wider audience (which is what they've always done... listener figures will always play apart in justifying it's existance being funded by the licence payer). It's not just about the listeners and the DJ's.. i'd say they're doing a greater job than ever supporting the music industry and emerging talent... breaking them through as artists. There's more songs than ever breaking through to daytime... music you would not hear on similar CHR stations. Their specialist content is next to none... especially Jack Saunders show. As a CHR station, you'll always get the big hits you hear elsewhere.. R1 do well getting the right balance of hits and giving newer artists daytime exposure (although with it going more music heavy in recent years.. so has the repetition of tracks coming around again in a shorter space of time, although that's a minor gripe and still nowhere near as bad as most Global stations.)
    3 points
  8. Simply... Just no. In the 90s, the station was stuck in the past, with presenters who appealed to an ageing audience. It has widely been debated whether that radical shake-up was done well, or could have been just as successful if done in a much less abrasive way, and certainly some of the execution at the time was clumsy with some presenters brought in who lasted only a short while (since they simply didn't work at all). But this is entirely missing the point... There is NO need for a radical shake-up right now. The presenters and shows are not 'past their prime', apart from perhaps Grimmy who will most likely move on in the next year. The absolute WORST thing Aled could do right now is a radical shake-up. Listeners would desert in their droves, the reputation of the station would sink and all the hard work done in recent years would be thrown away. We're never going to agree on this, but for someone who claims to have the best interests of the youth market in mind, you seem out of touch with the reality of youth-focused broadcasting. Please don't try to use BBC3 as an analogy - indeed the BBC leadership have handled that badly, but it has nothing to do with the quality job that the team are doing at R1. As for the 'sound' of the station - it doesn't need to sound specifically like 'young Britain' in order to appeal to it, as long as the voices are diverse and inclusive, which they clearly are. There's simply no evidence of unconscious bias in recent signings at the station, and fortunately it has avoided the horrors of any 'box ticking' appointments. Simply put, many of the UK's top broadcasting talent work there, and the fact that some major stars clearly choose to continue to present at R1 despite offers of significantly higher wages at commercial rivals says all you need to know about the credibility and reputation it has. The evolution of R1 at present is something the BBC are, and should be, immensely proud of. Aled is doing a fantastic job, and nothing needs to change. So now to get back on topic.... my answer is still Matt & Mollie!! Though hopefully Greg will be around for a good while yet
    3 points
  9. I used to work at a radio station (not R1, think smaller!) so I have a bit of an insight into this, although I'm sure it varies. Where I worked, around half of the presenters were staff and half were freelancers. Staff had to request leave and have it approved - freelancers could just say they were 'unavailable' but we would expect a reasonable amount of notice (apart from sickness) so that cover could be arranged. At R1 I believe all of their presenters are freelance. We would have a list of presenters who could cover each show - their suitability would be based on profile, experience, other work/commitments, so lots of factors. There would always be a preferred cover presenter for each show, and I think you can see that at R1 certain people tend to cover certain shows regularly - often they try to find someone 'similar' to cover. If more than one daytime presenter were off at the same time then you would also consider how the day 'sounded' in terms of different voices i.e. avoiding 3 male or 3 female presenters in a row, for example, so there was variety to the sound as you went through the day. Part of my job was to book presenters to cover leave but the overall decisions around who could cover each show was made by the editor - the manager in charge of the station. I would make the phone calls to arrange short notice cover, although at weekends there would always be a manager 'on call' who could make those decisions too. In my job, finding cover presenters was always fairly easy - it was much harder to cover a producer or newsreader who went off sick!
    3 points
  10. @Lee E In repsonse to your chatbox post, here are the current studio allocations for R1: Mon-Thurs Arielle 82F, Greg 82A, Clara 82F, Scott 82A, Grimmy 82D, Annie 82A, RMC 82D, Jack 82A Fri Early Breakfast 82F, Greg 82A, Jordan 82F, M&M 82D, Scott 82E, Annie 82A, Danny 82B Sat Adele 82D, Jordan 82F, M&M 82D, Charlie 82F, Target 82A, Tiffany 82C Sun Adele 82D, Jordan 82F, M&M 82D, Life Hacks (Katie in Salford, Vick in Salford or sometimes 82E), Sian 82B, Dan 82C If you want the same info for 1Xtra or Asian Network let me know. 1Xtra use the same 6 studios as R1, as do around half of Asian Network's shows - the rest come from Birmingham.
    3 points
  11. I said before, I do like your idea.about bringing Rock & Indie Shows into more mainstream or a slot with stronger listenership. It would be good if 6Music & Radio 2 relaunched and rebranded it’s Indie & Rock programming something possibly could be a sections on BBC sounds like it would be good if sort of had a redesign or regthink of how to link cross network content based on different genres and moods. E.g Funk & Soul next to Future Soul … think know there’s sections but think that it would be encouraging for someone who listens to Radio 2 Rock show could be linked or plugged Radio 1s one think trailing and mixing it up would be good would be good if even if Radio 1 Xtra launched an Alternative Rap & Rnb show with some emo rap to comes under umbrella
    2 points
  12. Here is my final version of my schedule. Since I started making this in April, Radio 1 announced an awful lot of schedule changes which seemed to match up with my version, so the only real changes to daytime are some of the timings. When you get to post-4pm, I've made the most changes here, especially on the weekend. Leaving you'd have Adele Roberts and Benji B (with DJ Target also leaving Radio 1 but staying on 1Xtra), and joining the station would be Rakeem Omar, Robyn Richford, Dave Treacy, Sam & Danni and Jess Iszatt.
    2 points
  13. The end of an era: Round 2. Really enjoying this week's shows, especially the nighttime flashbacks and the music, looking forward to tomorrow.
    2 points
  14. R1Fan1

    Schedule Changes

    As part of Drag day: Clara Amfo in for Adele Roberts. Arielle Free in for Jordan North. Dean McCullough in for Matt and Mollie.
    2 points
  15. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again Scott Mills is our John Peel. He’ll be in that slot for years to come.
    2 points
  16. Brilliant news, he is still one of the top at the station and I hope he doesn’t go anywhere for a very long time.
    2 points
  17. That’s really good news him and Chris and Jordan are the best on the station so makes sense
    2 points
  18. For me the best music station for doing online content for me is @Jono Jazz FM really know how to cover and promote stuff from shows use interactions with listeners do livestreams. It’s like you’d think they’d could easily used insta stories on radio 1 page and twitter that’s here’s what coming up on Scott & Chris’ shows and do that for breakfast here’s coming up in the morning and giving presenters chance to use it and shade more bits from lifehacks and newsbeat. It would be good maybe to have short in case you missed it bits presented by presenters 2 minutes max of some best bits happened across the station in that week. I mean there’s always ways as presenters producers really know how to use social media. I mean even Radio 4 and 5 live see themselves behind from their commercial rivals on how to use it. Think sometimes the BBC have been cautious and inconsistent with their digital and social media strategies.
    2 points
  19. With the greatest of respect the best description of her live lounge slot would be extremely safe pair of hands, she hasn't torn it up or done anything ground breaking with it. Annie truly is in the once in a generation category and it will be some years before someone else comes along and does the same thing.
    2 points
  20. I was really apprehensive about this, as I wrote above, but I actually enjoyed listening yesterday and thought it was quite fun having Greg, Vick and Jordan on throughout the day. Today, however I’m back to my original opinion of this being way too planned and forced. Too much repetition I think, and as jordifens said, the password will only be ‘guessed’ when they have planned for it to be over. I would have been happy if he got out on the guess of Albert and they let him out to see the giraffes! They have been to some cool places, so it seems like this could have been pulled off as a road trip as originally billed, and maybe had some Greg vs Vick & Jordan stuff for competition (as it seems to me they are trying to solidify Vick & Jordan as a double act in people’s minds). It could have been fun without all the scripting I think.
    2 points
  21. Just feels like a ridiculously contrived format. It's obvious that each deciphered clue won't be the exit password and the fact ther are only two guesses a show max just kills the pace of it. The production team have put together 5 days of content so there's no way Greg will 'guess' the password before Friday's Breakfast Show. Yawn.
    2 points
  22. For 4 weeks from Monday 9th August there will be 2 fewer shows per day Monday-Thursday, as follows: 10.30-14.00 Adele Roberts 14.00-18.00 Nick Grimshaw for the first week, Scott for the rest 18.00-21.00 Future Sounds - interim presenter TBC 21.00-00.00 Jack Saunders Not sure if they will do something similar Fri-Sun, also not sure what's happening the week before from 2nd August as Annie has left by that point. So it looks like Clara's last mid-morning show and RMC's last evening show will both be on Thursday 5th August. Also, Alex & Numi (August's Fri early brek presenters) are in for Arielle 9th-12th August.
    2 points
  23. I’m looking forward to it. Great to way to build up Jordan and Vick as the future of the station. Altough.. I do hope we get one last hide and seek with Greg and Grimmy. That was the best live radio I’ve ever listened to.
    2 points
  24. All we need now is DLT dressed as a chicken ,,,
    2 points
  25. Today Annie asked Grimmy to co-host with her on the 29th of July, it's gonna be a must listen.
    2 points
  26. Bluestraw

    Fix ONE thing

    OMG I'd almost managed to block that from my memory. Can never think of another time R1 got things SO badly wrong... But yeah, let's not talk about that again ?
    2 points
  27. Old Codger Fan

    Fix ONE thing

    Well, apart from the 'Prince Philip' interlude - but let's not rake over that ground again ,,,
    2 points
  28. Bluestraw

    Fix ONE thing

    Completely agree with you that Radio 1 is always significantly better than the likes of Capital. And I'm not realistically expecting a return to how things were 20 years ago! But I still think the balance has tipped a bit too far away from the longer links... As proven here though, clearly some will think differently ? Aaron's point is excellent through - by design, RMC's move to mornings will improve the entertainment balance, so my 'one thing to fix' is, I guess, already being done!!
    2 points
  29. Dan18F1

    Fix ONE thing

    I love the look of the daytime schedule from September - probably the strongest it has ever been, but the one thing that I would fix if I was in charge is the absolute mess that it looks like nighttimes will become. I can’t understand why there doesn’t look to be any particular content between midnight and 4am each day, and also why the specialist shows are being reduced to an hour. It just doesn’t make any sense to me. I would have implemented a schedule like this - keeping Future Sounds starting at 7pm: 7-9 Future Sounds with Clara Amfo 9-11 Replacement for RMC 11-1 Future Artists with Jack Saunders 1-3 Specialist 3-4 R1 Dance/ Relax 4-7 Early Breakfast Just makes it a lot neater by mainly extending shows again!
    2 points
  30. Exactly! I didn't imagine you did - just that the words come across that way sometimes and I'm certain that can be fixed... Anyway I figure the fact we're on here means we all have a love of radio in common, so let's get back to chatting about that ?
    2 points
  31. At the risk of inflaming this... @BBCAaron I think everyone on here likes and respects different points of view. But even the other day when you and I had a debate on the chat, another poster pointed out that you just HAD to have the last word... I am very familiar as to how ASD can drive certain styles of writing and thought processes. But please take this in the kind spirit in which it is intended - your posts can sometimes come across as antagonistic and harsh, and it may be worth re-reading and slowing down a bit before posting to think if there's a way to soften some of the wording. I'm sure you're not really meaning to appear that way, and I very much respect you for standing up and debating when your views are often widely apart from some others (like me!). But remember we don't know the real Aaron, all we know is the words in your posts, so that's why this has all come up and gotten a bit awkward!
    2 points
  32. The chat and forums on this site used to be fun to come along and read. Not so much anymore. It’s just constant rant after rant, post after post and paragraph after paragraph from a certain contributor, who actually doesn’t seem to like R1 very much, bulldozing their opinions *sigh*
    2 points
  33. Thought I’d put my twopence worth in, as I realise I haven’t posted on here too much since Greg took over breakfast. Greg’s incarnation of the Radio 1 Breakfast Show is by far my favourite in my time listening to the station (since the last few years of Moyles’ tenure on breakfast), as I much prefer the comedic, listener centric format to the more “showbiz”, celebrity focused formats used elsewhere on other youth-targeted breakfast shows (naming no names) Radio 1 has to be different to commercial competitors, and I truly believe they currently have the most distinctive breakfast show in the market. It is also one that is easily distilled into short social media snippets, which allow storylines (such as the recent “Tom the Young Farmer” saga) to play out to wider audiences away from linear radio, to hopefully hook new listeners into the show and keep them listening regularly. As others have said, the recent awards for Greg, Scott, and the station itself at the ARIAs prove that Radio 1 are getting it right, especially on weekday daytime. I can definitely see Jordan getting drive when Grimmy moves on, but that doesn’t seem likely until at least 2022, given the refreshed schedule published in April that is due in September. RMC getting mid-mornings does seem a smart move given Clara’s promotion to Future Sounds, as they always provide an entertaining listen. I hope Scott will continue on afternoons, as his show is still one of the best on the station, although I can see him doing more Radio 2 cover shifts alongside it.
    2 points
  34. I think part of the problem is that for a long time there haven't been female presenters strong enough / of the right style to do Breakfast. But I think that's changing, Vick and Katie, Mollie King, Arielle are all really strong music entertainment presenters so you never know. It should all be on merit anyhow as otherwise that's just patronising to women - just as Greg was definitely the right choice. I think as much as Grimmy's show sounds tired now, he was the right choice to replace Moyles to make a total break with that era. I think aside from Jordan and maybe Jack Saunders in time, all the obvious next breakfast candidates are female actually.
    2 points
  35. Jono

    Sian Eleri

    Dreams do come true
    2 points
  36. I felt bad for Jam. I think he was destine for R1 Friday nights as he covered Annie a few times, but got bored of waiting I guess. I think at Capital Dance, he's just happy about being the main man and I think he deserves that in all honesty.
    2 points
  37. I'm going to stick my oar in here (again!) and say that I think Jack Saunders at 8pm is a great move. Entertainment at mid-morning (RM&C) should be a higher priority, and I've always found Saunders a bit too 'lively' past 10pm. Plus, there was a thread on here some time ago bemoaning the downgrading of Indie* - so 8pm raises it's profile again, and will be a positive choice for those of us who would rather stick with the radio than switch to the TV, in the evening. 10pm for chill material works for me, too - It will compete with Gideon Coe on 6 for my affections. It's really not like me to be so welcoming of change, so surprised myself by writing all this! (* broadly speaking - anything made by non-millionaires, where you can hear (at least some) real instruments, and non-autotuned vocals).
    2 points
  38. We are still editing and I hope to get the rest done in the next few weeks.
    2 points
  39. I think Grimmy sounds great on afternoons, much better than his breakfast show. My only complaint is I'd rather he did 4 til 7. The 5.45 finish still seems too abrupt. Feels like this site is a bit too caught up on fantasy schedules and departures at the moment!
    2 points
  40. I don’t think Matt and mollie will last 5 years
    2 points
  41. You say cheesy, I say populist and aimed at a decent wide-ranging audience. R1's obsession with driving out older listeners with Grimmy was jarring and didn't really fit the ethos of the station. Of course back in the 90s it needed a full 'reset' as the style of the station had become very old-fashioned, but in recent years it's always been contemporary and as long as it continues to appeal to a broad range of youth there's no need to deliberately alienate anyone. It's hard to see Breakfast going back to finishing at any time other than 10 at the earliest. Also, not sure why you'd think Breakfast should have gone to a non-white and/or female presenter - surely the show should always go to the best person regardless of ethnicity and even if you disagree that Greg is the best, certainly even the 2nd and 3rd best options don't fit that criteria. Removing ethnic / gender bias is absolutely important, but force-fitting less-competent presenters in to tick a box would be deplorable. Back to the topic - 5 years is an awful long time, and given the current line-up has been on daytime for a long time already it's entirely feasible none of them will be there in 5 years. Greg surely will move off daytimes after Breakfast, rather than returning to afternoons or drive - potentially to the weekends while expanding his TV or R2/5 career. Clara COULD be there but I suspect she'll have moved on, maybe to evenings. Scott would really be pushing it age-wise, though would love to see him defy those odds, and Grimmy is unlikely to be on daytimes at the end of this year let alone in five ?
    2 points
  42. Fully agree. I don't get to listen to the full show daily (depends on the time i wake up), but yes, they made the right call putting Greg on breakfast.
    2 points
  43. I didn’t mention him being in breakfast in five years, just still being at radio 1. To be honest you must be listening to a different breakfast show to most of us, yes it’s lacking a feature or two, but what isn’t because of the pandemic, don’t forget they are limited about having guests come in and being able to do other stuff. But Greg is largely back to his best now he is back to five days, which is surely another vote of confidence in him as breakfast presenter as well. Areas of the schedule that haven’t been touched in years, mid morning & afternoons will be looked at before they do anything with the breakfast show. Salary wise, he isn’t the highest paid by any means at the BBC and is on less than what Grimmy was. Look at the way he detests Heart, Can anyone else see him leaving the BBC to join a commercial rival, because I certainly can’t.
    2 points
  44. Yikes thought you were killing DJs off
    2 points
  45. Bluestraw

    Katie and Vick

    I guess we can agree to disagree ? I think the station is stronger than it's been for a long time, no need to shake things up. I guess if I could choose my own change, I'd inject some more / longer links in daytime but that's all. Admittedly that goes against the recent trend so I find it unlikely. Certainly it's never been the case that the station evolves purely to 'give presenters a chance'. For sure I'd love to see Jordan on drive, but other than that I hope no other major changes in 2021... Trying out some new presenters over Christmas / Easter is good too, but no need to go further. Your point about making the station less-commercialised would unfortunately backfire, in that listener figures would plummet and the argument to keep the station would be hard to justify.
    2 points
  46. Lily Georgia

    Schedule Changes

    Matt & Mollie are in for Greg for a week 22nd-26th March. Vick and Katie are covering 1-4 on the Friday.
    2 points
  47. IamNotFromUK

    Schedule Changes

    That's pretty much it. You can't have C list presenter who used to play a lot of music during their regular show covering A level show like breakfast. As well as that, the logistics matter. For example, there's no point in having Grimmy or Scott covering breakfast if Matt and Mollie are available. That was the case 10 years or so ago when Scott was covering Chris Moyles and someone else had Scotts show or Greg James (who at the time was on afternoons) covered Scott (drivetime), but now we see it less frequently. I think this has to do with current line up, which is quite strong at the moment. Just think about it, 10 years ago the weekend line up was good, but not up to the weekday level. Edith Bowman was former daytime presenter who was demoted, same applies for Sara Cox and Vernon Kay (but still they filled in for Chris Moyles sometimes), Huw Stephens was more specialist kind of a type presenter. Now there's Adele Roberts, Jordan North, Matt and Mollie, Arielle Free. I think the higher bosses make a call on who covers who in case of sick producer. For example, if Greg James is sick, I think Matt and Molle will get the first call, if he's unavailable, then it's Scotts turn, after him I think Jordan North. For Clara's show the obvious choice would be Adele Roberts and Katie Thistleton. If their unavailable, then it's Arielle Free. For Scott, it's Matt and Mollie, Jordan North as they're quite similar presenters in their style. For Grimmy, it's Jordan and maybe Adele or Arielle? There are exceptions if no one's avaliable. For example, Matt Edmondson covered breakfast during Christmas period. Don't get me wrong, he was really good, it's unusual to have him without Mollie on such high profile show. This means that no one else was available without tearing up the schedule completely.
    2 points
  48. Scott's show is up for an ARIA for Best Music Entertainment Show. They'll take on Ricky, Melvin and Charlie amongst others for the award. There are a number of nominations for Radio 1. https://radiotoday.co.uk/2021/04/all-the-nominations-revealed-for-arias-2021/
    1 point
  49. I see so much speculation about him going, I just get the feeling maybe he’s safe on Drive for longer. We all assumed it was a temporary slot for him before further demotion when he swapped with Greg, and here he is, and the quality of his show has definitely increased.
    1 point
  50. The point I was challenging was rather the suggestion that anything done TO-DATE has been wrong. I don't disagree with the need to evolve the station in a diverse way, providing the quality is maintained. But to have chosen Dotty (as per the other suggestion) over Greg for R1 Breakfast would - in my opinion - have been a big mistake. I also believe there is also no current problem to fix per-se, but rather as you say a need to understand the barriers and work to continue to evolve as the youth market evolves. Of course R1 clearly has a remit to be a youth station - and my point about not alienating people was rather a challenge back against the suggestion it should over-focus on certain diverse groups rather than be broadly appealing to youth. If a group of 20-year-olds are choosing Capital over R1 due to their needs not being met, that should beg the question 'how do we fix it' rather than 'you're not the right sort of 20-year-olds so we don't care' Agree 100% with your comments about Greg and Grimmy! I still firmly believe the station must still have some populist content to stay broadly appealing and hence keep listener numbers at a reasonable level. If it did become too niche and lost too many listeners as a result, those middle-class white men in upper management would see that as a good excuse to remove funding and/or merge stations, which would then be a self-fulfilling path to the end of the station. That doesn't mean it should be a commercial-clone, not at all - and indeed I'd personally like to see just a few more links in daytime shows to differentiate the station further - but at the same time putting a new music show on for 2 hours in mid-morning (for example) in the name of 'public service' would be a disaster!
    1 point
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