Tim Westwood to leave BBC Radio 1

The DJ, who joined the station in 1994, will go as part of a shake up of the Saturday night schedule

Tim Westwood to leave BBC Radio 1

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Tim Westwood is leaving Radio 1 and 1Xtra, the BBC has announced.

The hip-hop DJ joined Radio 1 in 1994 to present the station's first ever rap show, He currently presents 1Xtra's Sunday night show and the weekday drive time show.

Controller of BBC Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra Ben Cooper said in a statement: "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."

As part of the shake-up, from September 21 Saturday nights on Radio 1 will begin with MistaJam at 7pm, followed by Charlie Sloth at 9pm and DJ Target at 11pm. Usual shows broadcast on both Radio 1 and 1Xtra simultaneously will continue with Diplo and Friends, Friction and Seani B until 7 am. Talking about the changes Cooper added: "I'm very excited about having a great new line-up for the next generation of Radio 1 and 1Xtra listeners."

1Xtra has also announced that new signing Clara Amfo will host the Weekend Breakfast Show. Amfo currently provides the voiceover for the The Official UK Top 40, 20 and Official Chart Update on MTV and has also hosted her own show on Kiss FM.

Trevor Nelson will remain as part of the station's furniture. Although he will lose his Saturday night slot to MistaJam, he will present a mid-morning weekday show and will also carry on presenting his Wednesday night soul show on Radio 2.

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