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Clara Amfo moves to Future Sounds show as Annie Mac departs Radio 1

By | Published on Wednesday 21 April 2021

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Clara Amfo is set to take over from Annie Mac on Radio 1’s flagship new music show ‘Future Sounds’, which airs on weekdays at 6pm. Mac has decided to depart after seventeen years working at the BBC station. Amfo, meanwhile, moves into the evening slot from her current morning show that includes the good old ‘Live Lounge’.

Confirming her shift to ‘Future Sounds’ at Radio 1, which will take place in September, Amfo says: “I am beyond honoured and ready to start this exciting new chapter on Radio 1. I’m such a fan of this show, the artists that it has championed and to be receiving the baton from Annie, who I love and respect, makes it extra special for me”.

Mac adds: “After seventeen wonderful years I have decided it’s time to leave Radio 1. This second home has been the thread that has run through nearly my whole adult life; I have grown up, fallen in and out of love, moved homes, climbed up the career ladder, got married and become a mother twice over. I have done this alongside you, my listeners, who have done your own versions of the same”.

“I will be forever grateful to you all for welcoming me into your days”, she goes on. “I have never not walked out of the studio feeling lighter and happier than when I walked in and that is all down to you. Working at Radio 1 has been like being at the best party ever and it is a wonderful feeling to be leaving with a huge smile on my face. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!”

There’ll be a bunch of other schedule rejigs at the BBC station at the same time. Not least Rickie Haywood Williams, Melvin Odoom and Charlie Hedges moving from their current evening slot into the morning show currently fronted by Amfo.

“To be given the opportunity to present ‘The Live Lounge’ is just an absolute dream”, they say in unison. “[It’s] a show we all adore and have so much love, passion and respect for. Celebrating great artists playing their new and live music on Radio 1 is a huge honour and we can’t wait to put our RMC twist on it! Much love to Clara who has done an amazing job over the years and thank you for passing the baton – we promise not to break it!”

Adds Head Of Radio 1, Aled Haydn Jones: “Clara has long been one of the most influential voices in the music industry. She has an incredible affinity for discovering new music, which makes her perfect to be the face of it for the industry and for Radio 1. We know our listeners will love what she brings to the show. I’m delighted that we’ll have Rickie, Melvin and Charlie taking on the late morning slot: their energy, knowledge and passion is going to make for an exciting new sound for ‘The Live Lounge'”.

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