'Long may it continue': Emily Eavis, Jason Iley and Max Lousada pay tribute to BBC Radio 1

'Long may it continue': Emily Eavis, Jason Iley and Max Lousada pay tribute to BBC Radio 1

Later this week, BBC Radio 1 and Radio 2 will celebrate their joint 50th birthdays.

Music Week is playing its part in the celebrations, with the cover of this week’s new look edition featuring station bosses Ben Cooper and Lewis Carnie and DJs Jo Whiley and Clara Amfo.

Subscribers can read the interview with Cooper and Carnie here, as well as Q&As with Whiley and Amfo. We also asked some of the biggest names in the biz for their favourite memories of both stations.

Now, Glastonbury’s Emily Eavis, Sony Music UK and Ireland chairman and CEO Jason Iley and Max Lousada, chairman and CEO, Warner Music UK, have added their tributes to the party.

Read on for the thoughts of three of the industry’s biggest names.

Emily Eavis said: “I've grown up listening to Radio 1 and discovered so many great records over the years. From driving to school with my Mum and hearing Oasis for the first time on the Breakfast Show, to my Dad playing 'Moving On Up' on the radio full blast in the milking parlour, it's always been part of life at Worthy Farm. It is a much cherished part of British culture, long may it continue!”

Jason Iley, chairman and CEO, Sony Music UK and Ireland commented: “Radio 1 has been the single most important influence in promoting new British music in the last half century. That achievement has benefitted artists, the industry as a whole and the wider U.K. economy - and should never be underestimated or taken for granted. The UK music industry is eternally grateful for Radio 1's ongoing support and the continued willingness to take a chance on emerging artists. After five decades of broadcasting Radio 1 remains more relevant than ever, in shaping the future for our artists and music fans across the world.”

Max Lousada, chairman & CEO of Warner Music UK said: “For fifty years BBC Radio 1 has championed great British music, breaking some of the biggest and most important acts of all time and throwing its support behind talented artists irrespective of genre, from rock and pop to dance and grime. Today, being playlisted on Radio 1 remains a milestone in emerging artists careers' and a trusted tastemaker for millions of music fans the world over. Long live Radio 1.”

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