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Radio 1 to test run new presenters on early breakfast

By | Published on Friday 26 February 2021

BBC Radio 1

BBC Radio 1 has announced that it will hand its Friday early breakfast slot to eight emerging presenters.

Dean McCullough, Rakeem Omar, Danni Diston, Sam MacGregor, Darcy Kelly, Alex West, Numi Gildert and Robyn Richford will all spend a month fronting the show. All eight previously appeared in guest slots on the station as part of a guest presenter initiative in December and on New Year’s Day.

First up will be McCullough, who currently presents the breakfast show on Gaydio. He’ll take over Radio 1’s early breakfast in April. “The earlies crew are the best”, he says. “I love listening to [Radio 1’s early breakfast show] in the morning on my way to work and I love that we get to enjoy ‘Best New Pop’ [which follows early breakfast] on a Friday morning too. So you stick the kettle on, I’ll sort the tunes and I’ll see you bright and early, it’s going to be iconic!”

I’m not sure I could cope with that amount of enthusiasm at 5am, but I’m not Radio 1’s target audience. I’m sure The Kids will love it.

Head Of Radio 1 Aled Haydn Jones proclaims: “The Friday morning shows are a brilliant way for us to learn more about the next generation of presenters. It’s a great opportunity to see what direction they take when given a platform of this scale, and I’m very excited to hear how they all do”.

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