Radio 1 has announced a new late show due to launch at the start of January, basically replacing the late night programme previously hosted by Nick Grimshaw, who moved to the primetime breakfast slot in September.
There had been speculation that former breakfast show host Chris Moyles, contracted to the station until 2014, might be given a late night programme, but the new show will be fronted by a much younger presenting team and will fit in more with Radio 1′s championing new music remit.
Those presenters are Phil Taggart and Alice Levine. Taggart has been the voice of BBC Introducing in Northern Ireland for a couple of years already, and has been a stand-in presenter for Radio 1, including in the late night slot. Levine is known for her TV presenting work for MTV, Channel 4 and ITV, having first risen to fame presenting an online entertainment show for Bebo.
Here are some quotes…
Radio 1 boss Ben Cooper: “Signing Alice and Phil to the 10pm to midnight show rounds off an incredible year for Radio 1 – from Jay-Z and Rihanna on stage at Hackney to launching a brand new breakfast show with Nick Grimshaw. With Phil and Alice we have a great set of talented DJs who will continue to champion the best in new music”.
Taggart: “I’ve been a total Radio 1 geek since I can remember, religiously listening to the chart show and to John Peel on my battered little stereo. It’s a total privilege to be given two hours, four days a week to play brand new music that I am really passionate about and the fact I am doing it with Alice is a complete dream job. She’s sharper than a safety pin and genuinely funny. I can’t wait to get on air and start the show”.
Levine: “Being offered the chance to be part of the Radio 1 family is a dream come true and to be doing the 10pm to midnight slot is completely unbelievable. I’m so glad Phil, and his encyclopaedic knowledge of music, will be by my side. The prospect of starting in this slot, which has been hosted by so many DJs that I admire, is a big deal and I can’t wait to get started and put our own spin on it”.