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Mary Anne Hobbs to leave Radio 1

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i'm leaving BBC Radio1.... thank you so much for listening.... full statement here: www.myspace.com/maryannehobbs
Radio 1 DJ Mary Anne Hobbs is to leave the station after 14 years. The DJ, who presents a dance and dubstep show between 2am and 4am on Thursdays, will present her last show on 9 September. She is joining the University of Sheffield to mentor and teach students on its radio, TV station and newspaper.

I can't say I listened to many of her shows - they were simply too experimental for my liking... But I remember her doing 20 mins of early breakfast when Greg James was late. Excellent stuff, I liked her voice and her presentng style. And she's been on Radio 1 for 14 years - an incredible achievement.

So - Maryanne Hobbs leaving, Annie Nightingale's new project...


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New Job?

In the OP and on her Myspace page she mentions that she's taken a full time job at Sheffield Uni mentoring students at their radio station, tv station and student newspaper.

Yesterday i resigned from BBC Radio1, after an amazing multi-dimensional 14 year career.

The great freedoms the BBC have given in me as a broadcaster, have allowed me to help break so many confrontational artists as diverse as Slipknot and Skream, and of course, the whole genre of Dubstep in recent times.

My current Experimental show is in peak condition, it’s never been stronger. And although it’s a very emotional decision to leave the show that I love so much, it’s also an optimum moment to bow out, at the very top of my game.

My work for Radio1 on the Breezeblock, Rock Show, many fascinating documentaries about everything from David Bowie to Dubstep, on daytime, at festivals and award ceremonies, has been exceptionally rewarding. These have been glory days not just for me, but for all the artists who have shared my BBC platform, and of course, the listeners everywhere from Beijing to Berlin, Baltimore to Blackpool, who shared a great passion for future sound.

I will continue to DJ live, work in film, and curate at Sonar festival in Barcelona.

I have also accepted a new job mentoring and teaching students at the University of Sheffield’s Union Of Students radio station, TV station and the newspaper that operate out of their superb Forge Media Hub, which presents me with a really exciting new challenge.

My last show on BBC Radio1 will be broadcast:

September 8th>>9th … Wednesday night >> Thursday morning… 2-4am


Thank you so much for listening..

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To me it seems she is leaving voluntarily. Her posting sounds positive about upcoming stuff and content with her work at Radio 1. If she had been pushed, she probably wouldn't have posted something on myspace before the BBC press office had published something. And it would sound differently...


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