Radio 1 has announced a new specialist schedule that will kick in on 25 September the top line of which is more Colin Murray, more Annie Mac, less Steve Lamacq, less Chris Coco, less Fergie.
Murray will leave his afternoon show to host a new late night new music show from Monday to Thursday, leaving that Edith Bowman to present afternoons all on her own (oh joy). Annie Mac will host a new multi-genre mix show and a ‘by the audience for the audience’ show (whatever that means), while there will be new clubbing shows presented by new recruits Eddie Halliwell and the Trophy Twins. Plus 1Xtra will get a showcase strand on its sister station, and there’ll be a new nightly strand under the existing In New Music We Trust banner providing a “one stop guide to everything that’s happening in a particular genre fronted by the experts in that field”.
Coco and Fergie will leave the station, though Fergie will continue to put together Essential Mixes. Steve Lamacq, whose Monday night show will come to an end, is reportedly discussing future projects with the station.
Confirming his new show, Colin Murray told CMU: “I’ve always had a close relationship with our listeners and now I’m taking it to a whole new level. I’ve been at Radio 1 for eight years with more than four years of that time spent making specialist programmes and I’m grateful to be given the chance to front a show that really hits those turned-on, engaged evening Radio 1 listeners. It’s basically a blank canvas to tamper with the traditional format. It’s going to be exciting and personal and it’s going to show a blatant disregard for musical pigeon-holing. Personally, the only downside will be my partnership with Edith coming to an end but our friendship comes
first and Edith knows that I belong in the darkness, and wishes me well. I am sure we’ll be thrown together for every big Radio 1 event in the future. I’m just glad we didn’t reach the stage where we had to work out custody of the kids.”
Radio 1 boss Andy Parfitt added: “This continues the story of change for Radio 1 which for a young service is absolutely essential. We have made the specialist schedule easier for our audience to navigate and provided a broader range of content. We believe that this and the amazing talent line up will help even more listeners to come and sample the wealth of distinctive specialist shows Radio 1 has to offer”