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Tim Westwood departs Radio 1 and 1Xtra as new Saturday night schedules revealed

TINA HART
BBC Radio 1Xtra

BBC Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra have announced a new line-up for Saturday nights, whilst Tim Westwood leaves the stations and Trevor Nelson renews his 1Xtra contract.

Westwood, who joined Radio 1 in 1994 to present the station's first rap show, has been a key part of the Radio 1Xtra schedule over the years, having hosted a Sunday night show (10pm - midnight) as well as the drive time show (weekdays, 4-7pm) on the network.

Discussing the DJ's departure, BBC Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra 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.”

Trevor Nelson, current host of the 7-9pm Saturday night simulcast show, has renewed his contract with Radio 1Xtra, presenting his weekday show on the station (weekdays, 10am - 1pm). He will continue to be part of the Radio 1 family and will also continue to present his Wednesday night soul show on Radio 2.

The wider changes across the stations will see new shows for MistaJam, Charlie Sloth and DJ Target during the weekly 12-hour simulcast when Radio 1 and 1Xtra come together on air, plus new signing Clara Amfo becoming the host of the Weekend Breakfast Show (weekends, 7-10am) on Radio 1Xtra.

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 as usual with shows from Diplo and Friends; Friction and Seani B until 7 am.

MistaJam joined Radio 1Xtra in 2005 to present an overnight Thursday night show. He has risen through the ranks at the station, and currently presents the weekday evening (Monday - Thursday, 7-10pm) show. He has also hosted a Friday night 1Xtra show, as well as a Saturday night simulcast show.

Charlie Sloth joined Radio 1Xtra in 2010 to host a Friday night hip-hop mix show (1-4am) and a Tuesday morning (2-4am) hip-hop show simulcast across both networks. Since 2012, he has also been the voice behind Radio 1Xtra’s weekday drive time show (4-7pm). In 2013, Sloth was nominated for two Sony Radio Academy Awards for Best Entertainment Programme and Music Personality of the Year.

DJ Target has been at 1Xtra since 2007 and previously hosted the Sunday night 100% Homegrown show - dedicated to championing the sound of UK black music. He currently presents a Friday evening (7-10pm) show on the network as well as the 4-7pm weekend show - championing new and emerging UK music. As well as a DJ, Target is part of UK urban act Roll Deep.

New Weekend Breakfast Show host Amfo is the current voice behind The Official UK Top 40, 20 and Official Chart Update on various MTV channels; has hosted her own radio show on Kiss FM UK (weekdays, 3-7pm and Saturdays, 6-10am); and was nominated for the Rising Star award at the 2012 Sony Radio Awards. She will present the Radio 1Xtra Weekend Breakfast Show from September 21, 2013, taking over from Yasmin Evans who left the show in July to co-host 1Xtra Breakfast (weekdays, 6-10am).

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