Zane Lowe leaving Radio 1 in US move to Apple

After more than a decade at the station, Lowe is heading stateside to take up an unspecified role

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Zane Lowe is leaving BBC Radio 1 after more than a decade with the station.

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The New Zealander is making a move to the US to work at Apple, with his last Radio 1 show set to air on 5th of March.

The 41-year-old DJ said he’d “loved every minute” of being at the station since joining in 2003, adding “I want to thank everyone at Radio 1 for their support and friendship. The station has allowed me to share incredible music with the country’s best music fans.”

Exactly what Lowe’s new role will entail remains a mystery, although industry rumours suggest it could involve streaming service iTunes Radio, which does not currently feature a presenter.

Annie Mac, who started her career as a broadcast assistant on Lowe’s show, is stepping in to take over his weekday evening music slot from 9th March, telling the BBC she’s “excited and humbled” at the opportunity.

“To be following in the footsteps of Zane Lowe, a broadcaster that I respect and admire enormously, is a huge honour. I can’t wait to get started.”

Lowe leaves with various awards to his name, including the Radio Academy Award for Best Music Broadcaster, which he won in 2010, 2011 and 2014. He also leaves with a reputation for helping to launch many a successful music career, having himself worked on songs with Example, Chase and Status and Sam Smith’s smash-hit album In the Lonely Hour.

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Phil Taggart will take over Annie Mac’s Musical Hot Water Bottle show from 1st March, as well as continuing his Thursday evening future music show. Mac will also continue to host her Friday night show.