Dev: I have a soft spot for him, his self-deprication is charming. He isn't brilliant and I don't think he is daytime material but he would be solid on weekends and an improvement on the mess that weekends are currently (more on that later...) He also gets through a lot of producers which can't be particularly easy but seems to build a decent rapport with them. Can't say I listen to him often but he always comes across well whenever he is on Grimmy's show as well. Grimmy: I've been a big fan of his since I listened to his show with Annie Mac on a Sunday night and thoroughly enjoyed it when he covered for Scott and Greg. I still believe that week when Grimmy covered for Scott but had Beccy with him with an on-air role was some of the best radio he's ever done. Which shows to me he is the right guy for breakfast and he has MASSIVE shows to step into. I think there has been a definite improvement as the show has gone on. His strengths are his interviews and chatting with the team. They should get involved more heavily. I don't see the 1d obsession personally, I think Grimmy comments on celebrity culture quite cuttingly mostly and he doesn't fawn over teen idols. I also think showquizness is brilliant as it takes the piss out of him and the show as well as celebrities. I think maybe a co-host could help him or encourage a show closer to a zoo format. He's getting a growing portfolio of decent features and I for one really enjoy his show. There has also been a great range of guests hearing the likes of Russel Brand, Simon Amstell and Noel Fielding on the breakfast show is brilliant. Sara Cox: Just wonderful and personally think it's a damn shame she's going to lose any role on radio 1 after this cover. She is so talented and witty and I think she does a good job with the young audience she sounds far from an uncool mum to me. I think at the least she should be given her sunday morning show back after this maternity cover ends. (Fearne is likely to have another baby people tend not to stop after one so it would make sense to keep her on so she can cover again!) Scott Mills: Again excellent, given the departures of Beccy and TOTDS the show has stayed at its usual high standard. Greg James: I will be honest, I tend to turn off my radio at 4.00 but I do hear bits and bobs of Greg. To be honest he just isn't very interesting, it's admirable that he has come from student radio and yes he has a passion for radio but he is bland. He doesn't tend to get the best out of guests, his features are largely poor and the good ones rely on others not himself (like the teacher) and he is very dull and inoffensive on the radio. In my opinon there are probably a hundred Greg James' on commercial radio over the country and he has striked it lucky to end up on Radio 1. There are some good bits, he works with Chris Smith and I heard him on 5 Live covering for Danny Baker and was impressed. His niceness and the fact that he is a radio personality not a TV personality are reasons that I think people give him a chance but I think it's extremely telling he didn't get the breakfast slot. He was given drive time and didn't do a great job with it. Zane: Excellent and hope he isn't moved on anytime soon due to his age. Phil + Alice: Heard very little of them but what I have heard has been promising. I enjoyed listening to Phil a lot when it was the expert take-over and he did drive-time as his personality came across strongly. A music enthusiast, good interviewer, amusing anecdotes and not afraid to offer his opinion. Gemma: An absolute disaster with very few redeeming qualaties. I don't go out of the way to listen to her show so can't offer much specific criticism. Hope she doesn't get a promotion. Matt: I'm not as enamored with him as everyone else seems to be, I think that's partly because I miss Sara on a sunday morning and he's the guy on instead. I find the show a bit guest heavy and I have little intrest in the guests he has on the show. He is definitely listenable though, I still think he sort of needs to refine his act as I think he is trying to be a bit like Simon Amstell on popwworld, intelligently taking the piss out of celebrity culture but he isn't quite there yet and I'm unconvinced how well that will work on the populist radio 1. That could be why we have a compromise between the Amstell act and him playing it straight. Huw: An excellent specialist broadcaster who is engaging and enthusiastic about new music and good with music guests. A crap daytime presenter and his constant flow of covering daytime show is a mystery to me. I don't even get the sense that he particularly enjoys doing the daytime show and would much rather be playing his new favourite record in the evenings. I would love to listen to him doing that but definitely not his daytime show. Danny Howard: I don't have much time for Danny and don't think he's a strong or engaging personality on the radio. However for a music-led show I suppose he's ok don't go out of my way to avoid or listen to the show. I would personally stick him on Friday and not have dance anthems. Or at least start them at 6.00 or 7.00. If we're thinking target market at 4.00-6.00 on a Saturday a lot of 15-25 year olds will have been out and about in the day and the people getting ready to go out for the night will be starting at 6.00 or 7.00 not 4.00. For me it's an odd time. Jameela: I didn't mind her on the request show at all and thought she was ok, don't go out of my way to listen or avoid her. The chart is a non-entity for me which I don't really care about. She has attracted a backlash and I think in a sense she's been unlucky in that people strongly oppose to what she represents (radio 1 dumbing down and going younger, pretty TV stars been given jobs rather than seasoned radio professionals) rather than her personally. But I accept that some people also can't stand her which is fair enough. For the people who dislike her I think having her tucked away on the chart might be good news as chart presenters tend to stay on the chart and not end up on daytime (JK & Joel, Reggie) Dan + Phil: Again it's a meh. I don't think there show is bad but wouldn't consciously make an effort to listen to them, I can see and appreciate the job they're doing for the station and think they do what they have to do and I would guess Cooper wants them to continue doing that job rather than thinking about them progressing through the schedule. What I would do! Bring in some new blood from commercial radio to improve weekend and offer options for day-time cover (I know I always say these two but I think they're excellent) specifically Alex Baker (Kerrang) and Eoghan McDermott (Formerly XFM) who would both fit in well at Radio 1. Get Sara a regular slot when Fearne returns ASAP! Persevere with Grimmy and don't even think about giving Greg Breakfast. Try and keep Scott on as long as possible even if he's given a weekend slot (a la Jo Whiley) whilst he begins to do more work for Radio 2. Don't think about moving Zane Get rid of Gemma. Move Danny and Huw to night-time.