Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales get their own Evening Sessions...

New bands in the UK could benefit if Radio 1‘s plans to broadcast regional programming once a week are approved, a spokeswoman told NME.

In its five-year plan for the station, the BBC said it wants to transmit separate shows from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales on Thursdays from 8-10pm instead of Steve Lamacq‘s Evening Session.

All programmes would have the same kind of policy as the Evening Session and a ‘best of’ compilation show would be broadcast nationally afterwards.

Although the idea is still in its early stages, it is hoped the new programmes would start broadcasting next year.

The spokeswoman said of the proposed new split programme: “It will be focussing on new music and new talent, but it’s still just an idea at the moment.” She added that a full statement would be made in the new year.

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