Westwood to leave BBC Radio 1 in schedule shake up

By | Published on Monday 29 July 2013

Tim Westwood

The BBC has announced a shake up of the Saturday night simulcast schedule on Radio 1 and 1Xtra, which will see MistaJam, Charlie Sloth and DJ Target get new shows, and Tim Westwood get none, meaning his reign on Radio 1 will come to an end after 20 years.

From 21 Sep, Radio 1 and 1Xtra will jointly broadcast three new shows on Saturday nights, with MistaJam taking over the 7pm slot, Charlie Sloth taking on Westwood’s 9pm show, and DJ Target appearing from 11pm. New signing Clara Amfo will present 1Xtra’s Weekend Breakfast show.

Of his new show, Sloth said: “Words can’t describe how happy I am, it’s like a dream come true for me and something that I’ve worked towards my whole career, especially to be succeeding a legend like Tim Westwood who has done so much for the game. I know they are big shoes to fill, but luckily, man’s got fat feet”.

Speaking about Westwood, who joined Radio 1 in 1994, Radio 1 and 1Xtra Controller Ben Cooper said: “I’d like to thank Tim for the last 20 years on Radio 1 – his passion for hip hop is legendary – I wish him all the very best”.

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