As the latest BBC crisis was unfolding on Friday, Radio 1 announced its latest schedule rejig, further efforts by the youth station’s Controller Ben Cooper to bring newer and younger presenting talent to the fore.
The latest departures from the nation’s favourite are chart show man Reggie Yates and weekend DJ Vernon Kay. The former will be replaced by Jameela Jamil, the first woman to front Radio 1′s Top 40 countdown show on her own, while Kay’s departure will see Matt Edmondson’s role at the station increased. He will now appear on both Saturday and Sunday mornings, the former slot replacing Kay, the latter in place of Sara Cox, who is moving to weekdays to fill in for Fearne Cotton while she’s away on maternity leave.
It’s thought both Yates and Kay chose to depart Radio 1 themselves, rather than being pushed, though their exiting helps Cooper with his ongoing shake-up of the station’s output. Also on the station’s new line-up, which will kick off at the end of the year (assuming the BBC hasn’t completely imploded into dust by then), are YouTube stars Phil Lester and Dan Howell, who will front a fully web-cammed Sunday evening request show, while comedian Tom Deacon gets Edmonson’s current Wednesday night slot for a new comedy show.
Cooper told CMU: “I’d like to thank Vernon and Reggie, who have both been excellent ambassadors for Radio 1 during their ten years with us. I wish them all the very best. I’m excited by our brand new shows, which will appeal to the smartphone generation, with our audience able to listen, watch and share Radio 1′s great content”.