Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills has been relegated to an early afternoon shift. Greg James will replace him in the prestigious drive time slot as part of a move aimed at bringing in more young listeners.
When the changes come into force on Monday 2 April, James will host between 4pm and 7pm, swapping places with Mills who moves to weekdays at 1-4pm. Meanwhile, Edith Bowman will trade her weekend morning slot to become the host of Radio 1’s Review Show on Tuesdays at 9-10pm.
James said: “My dream job just keeps getting better and better. I can’t wait to get going with the new show!”
The latest announcement is part of a major shake up across Radio 1 and its urban sister station 1Xtra, which will also see controller Ben Cooper bring in a raft of new young talent.
Jameela Jamil, a presenter on Channel 4’s weekend teen slot T4 and dating show Playing it Straight, joins as host of the Radio 1 Request Show currently presented by Reggie Yates, as it moves from its Saturday 4-7pm slot to Sunday at 7-9pm.
“To say I’m excited is a major understatement,” said Jamil. “Being offered the opportunity to join the Radio 1 family is literally a dream come true and I can’t wait to slip on the headphones.”
Gemma Cairney will move from 1Xtra to Radio 1, taking over the station’s weekend breakfast show.
Cairney said: “I arrived at 1Xtra just over three years ago a wide-eyed puppy and soon became obsessed with all things radio. It will be really emotional, but I’m only moving downstairs to Radio 1 and I can’t wait for all the new fun it’ll bring.”
There will be new programmes, too. Danny Howard – a DJ discovered through a Radio 1 talent search – lands a Saturday 4-7pm show called R1’s Dance Anthems, while B Traits, Mosca, Jordan Suckley and Julio Bashmore will operate on a four-weekly rota hosting the In New DJ’s We Trust strand.
The stations’ controller Ben Cooper said: “These are exciting times at Radio 1 and 1Xtra. The latest changes are about attracting even more young listeners by bringing in new and fresh talent to the stations.”