Radio 1 denies reports that Madonna has been banned from the station because of her age

Station said an 'artist's age is never a factor' in new statement

BBC Radio 1 has denied reports that Madonna has been banned from the station due to her age, maintaining that an “artist’s age is never a factor”.

It was reported by the Mail On Sunday that Madonna, 56, has been deemed too old to be played on the station and that her new single ‘Living For Love’ has been played only once since it was released in December.

In a rebuttal on its official Facebook page, the station wrote: “Radio 1 does not ban anyone – please don’t believe the papers. The tracks played on Radio 1 are chosen on musical merit and their relevance to our young audience on a case-by-case basis, and whilst around 40% of the country’s 15 to 29-year-olds tune into Radio 1 each week, an artist’s age is never a factor.

“In fact, Paul McCartney currently has two tracks – ‘FourFiveSeconds’ and ‘Only One’ – on the Radio 1 playlist.”

Meanwhile, it was announced yesterday that one of Radio 1’s biggest names, Zane Lowe, is leaving the station to take on a new job at Apple. Annie Mac will replace him as the new host of Radio 1’s weekday evening new music show.

Announcing his departure, Lowe said: “The station has allowed me to share incredible music with the country’s best music fans – I’ve loved every minute of it. Exciting times lie ahead.”

In recent years Lowe’s global profile has extended with a number of headline-making interviews including Kanye West, Eminem and Jay Z. Details of his new position at Apple are yet to be specified.