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End of an era with the departure of Annie Mac, but she has many fingers in many pies, so undoubtedly has a big future.

A lovely touch for her to ensure she told listeners on the radio before it came out. It sounds genuinely like her decision, she mentioned she'd been discussing it over the last year.

Who to replace her?

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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 o

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 Saunder

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 an

Just listening to this on Sounds, absolutely gutted - in my opinion she's the best thing on Radio 1 and will be a massive loss. She's so warm and genuine, her enthusiasm for music is infectious and her Friday night show is the stuff of legend... End of an era 😞😞😞

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I reckon it'll be a temporary fix until the schedule gets a proper re-organisation. Normally DJs leave because they're pushed which makes it much easier to come up with a plan...

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It's been a good run tbf. Sounds like it was her decision. I did think she would stay for a few more years. Big loss, especially to Friday nights. I did kind of think she'd stay on Friday nights after finishing Future Sounds. Now the speculation starts..

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Now then, RM&C on that slot is a bit of a strange move. As it’s traditionally been a more music heavy show, but clearly not anymore with a trio at the helm.

Clara to Future Sounds makes the most sense! She covered it brilliantly last year. I presume Jack’s earlier show will continue as his does now & we’ve finally lost the more entertainment based evening slot after Charlie Sloth and RM&C?

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Just noticed too that the specialist shows have been cut to an hour so now only seem to be from 11pm - midnight. 
I wonder what the 12-4 slot will be? Just repeats and mixes because that’s a very long time not to have any particular shows! 

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Well that wasn't what we were all predicting! And seems likely now that Jordan is unlikely to move to Drive during 2021... It also debunks the theory that the recent cover presenter doesn't get the show, with both RMC and Clara covering their 'new' shows quite recently!

Am very surprised about RMC on mornings - as soon as I heard about Clara moving I figured it would be Vick, but I think it's a positive move to change the style of that show and give something different a chance...

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Still poses a problem that Charlie Hedges is the only female in the daytime schedule if you discount early breakfast. Can't see her going solo now!

I assume RMC aren't up for a move to the north of England either... 

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It’s going to be sad to Annie leave after so many years at Radio 1, but it definitely feels like she wasn’t pushed and that it was her own decision.

Clara getting Future Sounds is a promotion for her though, and I for one can’t wait to hear the new show, as she definitely has a talent for new music radio. 

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6 minutes ago, anothernerd said:

Oh RMC on mornings. That’s a waste:( 

 

It'll be interesting to see how the show develops. Perhaps the bosses envisage taking it in a new direction. It feels like that slot hasn't changed since the Jo Whiley days. 

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Congratulations to Clara, especially. I think this secures her long term future on R1. Nice that Sarah Story is joining too. Effectively going up against her old slot on Capital. She sounded good in for Annie. Danny Howard was always destined to be promoted to the start of the weekend. Well deserved. 

I'm not a huge fan of RMC as a trio, their content (and currently playlist) doesn't appeal to me but they are good broadcasters. They suited that slot, doing a good job replacing Charlie Sloth. It's an odd choice for the 'live lounge slot',  I can only assume they've realised there's less demand for that type of show in the mid evenings, compared to more music heavy specialist content, which would deliver more value for money for the station and better appeal for listeners at that time. I actually prefer hearing R&M as a duo, and Charlie solo on Dance Anthems. Could it also be possible Vick Hope was considered but she has other commitments during the week she wants to keep? She could be in that slot within 3 years if she wanted it. RMC won't be in that slot long term, possibly.

There seems to be more slight cost cutting at play here too. 'Live programming' now ends yet again another hour earlier (could even be at 10pm, Power Down playlist being an hour long, is it worth having a live presenter on for that short amount of time each night, if it wasn't cuts related, surely they'd have introduced a 2 hour Power Down show.

Future Soul sounds interesting. If it means soul as a genre, it's not really something Radio 1 has touched on(at least in recent years. Two daytime shows changed presenter wise within a year (early breakfast and mid morning), so i think Greg, Scott & Grimmy are safe for a while yet.

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5 minutes ago, NathanS said:

Congratulations to Clara, especially. I think this secures her long term future on R1. Nice that Sarah Story is joining too. Effectively going up against her old slot on Capital. She sounded good in for Annie. Danny Howard was always destined to be promoted to the start of the weekend. Well deserved. 

I'm not a huge fan of RMC as a trio, their content (and currently playlist) doesn't appeal to me but they are good broadcasters. They suited that slot, doing a good job replacing Charlie Sloth. It's an odd choice for the 'live lounge slot',  I can only assume they've realised there's less demand for that type of show in the mid evenings, compared to more music heavy specialist content, which would deliver more value for money for the station and better appeal for listeners at that time. I actually prefer hearing R&M as a duo, and Charlie solo on Dance Anthems. Could it also be possible Vick Hope was considered but she has other commitments during the week she wants to keep? She could be in that slot within 3 years if she wanted it. RMC won't be in that slot long term, possibly.

There seems to be more slight cost cutting at play here too. 'Live programming' now ends yet again another hour earlier (could even be at 10pm, Power Down playlist being an hour long, is it worth having a live presenter on for that short amount of time each night, if it wasn't cuts related, surely they'd have introduced a 2 hour Power Down show.

Future Soul sounds interesting. If it means soul as a genre, it's not really something Radio 1 has touched on(at least in recent years. Two daytime shows changed presenter wise within a year (early breakfast and mid morning), so i think Greg, Scott & Grimmy are safe for a while yet.

Who ever predicted Annie Macs departure and Clara taking over the evening show plaudits to you not sure about Power down ten to eleven wouldve maybe occupied that at midnight. It’s going to be interesting to hear what Clara brings to the show as think she may add few features would be interesting to see RMC presenting the live lounge expect to make the mid mornings with a few more features interesting moves none of the less

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Furthermore to my comments above about RMC, to me it feels very stop gap, a way to keep them in a prominent weekday slot, as evenings have clearly been shaken up to allow cuts at the later half of the evening. Although Future Artists following Future Sounds is a good move.

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13 minutes ago, JamTriv said:

Well. That wasn't something I was expecting to happen! Makes sense for Clara to go to future sounds. Not sure about RMC moving to mornings though...

I think it’s going to be interesting as for most of the shows history it’s been presented by a solo presenter maybe there could more format changes with that but could Charlie add an odd mix to the show possibly 

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1 minute ago, NathanS said:

Furthermore to my comments above about RMC, to me it feels very stop gap, a way to keep them in a prominent weekday slot, as evenings have clearly been shaken up to allow cuts at the later half of the evening. Although Future Artists following Future Sounds is a good move.

Agreed felt they could’ve extended future sounds or future artists or add another show that isnt so much chilled themed before midnight 

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