Edith Bowman, Nihal, Jen Long, Rob da Bank to leave Radio 1 and 1Xtra in major shake-up

BBC has announced a raft of new shows across its pop stations

DJs Edith Bowman, Nihal, Mike Davies, Rob Da Bank, Jen Long, Ally McCrae, CJ Beatz, Crissy Criss and Robbo Ranx will be leaving Radio 1 and 1Xtra in a major shake-up of the BBC’s pop stations.

Huw Stephens will host an extended, late-evening new music programme from Monday to Wednesday between 10pm and 1am, while Alice Levine will host a new weekend afternoon show from 1 to 4pm.

Alice Levine said: “In the 18 months since I joined Radio 1 I’ve already had so many incredible experiences. And now to be given a weekend daytime show really is a huge privilege. Bring on September!”


Dan & Phil will have a new Monday 9 to 10pm show and the documentary programme, Radio 1 Stories will move to Tuesday between 9 to 10pm. Radio 1’s Surgery has a new slot on Wednesday between 9 to 10pm. Phil Taggart will also host a new music show on Thursday nights from 9 to 10pm.

The changes also include a three-hour weekly rock show, which will take place after The Official Chart on Sunday evenings. Daniel P Carter will present the show, which will be broadcast weekly between 7 to 10pm from September, and is being pegged by the BBC as an “alternative to the various Sunday night TV talent competitions”.

“To be starting the show directly after the announcement of the UK Number One is obviously amazing and to be in the position where my show is an alternative option to the Simon Cowell circus is also a beautiful thing,” he said. “If that’s your bag then all good, but I’m stoked that The Rock Show will be in a slot that reflects the importance of a genre that is now, and always will be, in great shape because it is everything to the people that love it.”

Over on Radio 1Xtra, Monki will start a new show on Mondays between 10pm and 1am, a while Sian Anderson will host the same slot on on Wednesdays and Seani B on Thursdays. Rapper A.Dot will present a new Saturday show between 4 and 7pm.