1Xtra announces schedule rejig – Westwood out

By | Published on Friday 25 May 2012


BBC 1Xtra will launch a new schedule in September, the biggest change of which is that weekend host Charlie Sloth will take over drive time from Tim Westwood, another promotion for the hip hop DJ who was also recently given a specialist show on sister station Radio 1.

Most other changes will apply to the weekend schedule, where the new daytime line-up will consist of newcomer Yasmin Evans, plus Nick Brighton and DJ Target, and nighttime will see some specialist shows will move into earlier time slots.

Confirming the revamp, Ben Cooper, the newish boss of Radio 1 and 1Xtra, told CMU: “As 1Xtra nears its tenth birthday it’s great to be welcoming a new generation of presenters to the station who will take on the baton of championing the best in urban music for a young audience”.

Meanwhile Sloth added: “I’m very excited about being given the opportunity to speak to the nation for five days a week and for the faith put in me by the Radio 1Xtra team”.

On Westwood’s departure from daytime on 1Xtra (he’ll still appear on both Radio 1 and 1Xtra at the weekend), Cooper added: “Tim has proved to be one of the most influential figures in UK hip hop and I’m delighted that he will continue to bring his wealth of knowledge and unique style to Radio 1 and 1Xtra across the weekends”.

In the official BBC press release Westwood cheerfully remarked that his time on 1Xtra daytime had been “a lot of fun and a great experience”, though he confirmed the pending schedule rejig on his own Twitter feed by announcing to his followers: “I’ve been sacked from 1Xtra Mon-Fri 4-7pm from Sept #westwoodyourfired”, before retweeting various tweets that were criticising the decision.

Which makes this as good a time as any to remember all the great times we had with Westwood on daytime BBC radio, and in particular this rather honest evaluation of his own listening figures.

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