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Reggie Yates to leave Radio 1 in presenter shake-up

Tim Ingham
Reggie Yates to leave Radio 1 in presenter shake-up

BBC Radio 1 has announced headline changes to its weekend schedule, with Vernon Kay and Reggie Yates leaving the station.

Elsewhere, Sara Cox will move to present the 10am - 1pm weekday slot currently fronted by Fearne Cotton, who is set to go on maternity leave.

Jameela Jamil will become the first solo female presenter of the Sunday Chart Show in its history, replacing Yates.

The changes will come into effect at the beginning of January.

Kay leaves after nine-and-a-half years at Radio 1. According to the Beeb, he has ‘decided to hang up his headphones to spend more time with his family’.

Yates, who has presented Radio 1’s Official Chart for the past 5 years and been at Radio 1 & 1Xtra for 10 years in total, has ‘decided to move on to concentrate on other work including a new documentary series for BBC Three and film projects’.

Kay said:  “I’ve had an incredible nine-and-a-half years at Radio 1 that has exceeded all of my expectations, it has been a fabulous experience and I’ve loved the weekends I have spent with my listeners. However, when I was offered a contract extension I thought long and hard, but after 12 years of working weekends with CBBC, T4 and Radio 1 I felt it was the right time to leave as the girls are now both in school so weekends are more precious than ever.”

Yates said: “I have absolutely loved my time hosting the Chart Show. It’s been a privilege to deliver to the nation the weekly No.1 song, but after 10 years at Radio 1/1Xtra I am looking forward to focusing on other projects and new challenges.”

Both will leave the station at the end of the year with Radio 1 having a brand new weekend schedule from the New Year, which will include:

Matt Edmondson presenting a new show on weekend mornings from 10am-1pm. Edmonson, who currently presents a Wednesday night comedy show on Radio 1, will take over Kaye’s Saturday show and also from Sara Cox’s Sunday show.

Jamil, who joined Radio 1 earlier this year, will count down the week’s Top 40 songs every Sunday including presenting the last hour in vision on bbc.co.uk/radio1, screening the Top 10 videos in full.

The Sunday night Radio 1 Request show will now be fronted by ‘YouTube sensations’ Dan and Phil who will have a brand new fully visualised show between 7-9pm, interacting with listeners and playing the music they want.  This brand new show along with the last hour of the charts will make Sunday evenings a ‘fully visual experience’ on Radio 1 from 6-9pm.

The pair’s online videos have seen them clock up more than 100 million views and attract almost one million subscribers to their respective YouTube Channels Danisnotonfire and AmazingPhil. They have previously presented shows for Radio 1 including a Christmas special featuring a mixture of music and visual joy.

Completing the new schedule is comedian Tom Deacon, who will present a brand new Wednesday night comedy show at 9pm each week.

Ben Cooper, Controller BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra, said:

“I’d like to thank Vernon and Reggie who have both been excellent ambassadors for Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra 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 smart phone generation with our audience able to listen, watch and share Radio 1’s great content.”

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