Tim Westwood to leave BBC Radio 1 after losing his Saturday afternoon slot

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Tim Westwood will leave BBC Radio in a shake-up of the Saturday schedule.

The veteran hip-hop DJ lost his afternoon 1Xtra slot last year and will now be replaced in the weekly 12-hour simulcast with Radio 1 on Saturdays.

Tim Westwood attends Jay-Z's Roc-Nation Brits 2013 Afterparty
Jay-Z’s Roc-Nation Afterparty: Tim Westwood © Getty Images / Dave M. Benett

 

Radio 1 controller Ben Cooper said: “I’d like to thank Tim for the last 20 years on Radio 1 – his passion for hip-hop is legendary – I wish him all the very best.”

From September 21, Saturday nights will start with MistaJam at 7pm, followed by Charlie Sloth at 9pm and DJ Target at 11pm.

The Radio 1Xtra simulcast will then continue with shows from Diplo and Friends, Friction and Seani B until 7am.

Cooper added: “I’m very excited about having a great new line up for the next generation of Radio 1 and 1Xtra listeners.”

MistaJam said: “It’s an absolute honour to be given the chance to lead the 1Xtra takeover of Radio 1 on a Saturday night.

“I’ve grown up listening to Trevor Nelson and he’s still at the top of his game so it’s a dream come true.”

MistaJam, Charlie Sloth, DJ Target, Clara Amfo for Radio 1Xtra
DJ Target, Charlie Sloth, MistaJam, Clara Amfo

Sloth added: “Words can’t describe how happy I am, it’s like a dream come true for me and something that I’ve worked towards my whole career, especially to be succeeding a legend like Tim Westwood who has done so much for the game. I know they are big shoes to fill, but luckily, man’s got fat feet.”

Target said: “I grew up listening to that exact slot, Saturday night, 11pm-1am on Radio 1, so for me to now be able to do a show on Saturday night at that time on 1Xtra and Radio 1 is like a dream come true.

“I’m so excited I could literally jump up and grab the moon, and I’m just looking forward to getting my teeth stuck in and killing it on a Saturday night.”

Clara Amfo will host the Weekend Breakfast show on Radio 1Xtra from 7am-10am.

“I’m absolutely delighted to be joining Radio 1Xtra. I have been a fan of the station since its inception,” she said.

“I respect and admire all of its DJs and presenters and I can’t wait to be a part of the BBC family.”

Trevor Nelson, current host of the 7-9pm portion of the Saturday night simulcast show, has renewed his contract with the station and will continue to present Radio 1Xtra 10am-1pm on weekdays.

He will “continue to be part of the Radio 1 family” and continue to present his Radio 2 soul show on Wednesday.

Via: DigitalSpy

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