Radio 1 announces massive changes to Friday schedules as weekend hosts takeover.
BBC Radio 1 has announced that Friday is now officially part of the weekend with a new schedule of shows including Dev & Alice, Maya Jama, Matt Edmondson & Mollie King, and Scott Mills.
For the first time in its history Radio 1 will be working a four day week, starting in June, with the breakfast show on a Friday (6.30-10am) to be known as Radio 1’s Weekend Breakfast, hosted by Dev & Alice Levine. It’s been a big year for both presenters with Dev reaching the final of Celebrity MasterChef and Alice becoming an international sensation with the My Dad Wrote A Porno podcast.
The Friday morning show (10am-1pm), will be called Radio 1’s Greatest Hits with Maya Jama, and will see Maya bring all the fun and energy of her Saturday show, to Fridays.
And talking about Saturdays, Mollie King will be partnering up with Matt Edmondson on Friday afternoons (1-4pm) for her first ever permanent show on the station. If she can forgive Matt for his recent prank where Bryan Cranston pretended to be a HUGE Saturdays fan.
Scott Mills will be fulfilling a life-long dream by presenting The Official Chart at 4pm on Friday afternoons (4-7pm), counting down to the most important moment in the pop week - The Official Number 1.
Dev & Alice say: “We cannot wait to get the weekend started for everyone – Fridays will never be the same again!”
Maya Jama says: “I'm so excited to continue the Greatest Hits on a Friday and get all our listeners ready for the weekend vibes! More bangers to come :)”
Mollie King says: “I’ve grown up listening to Radio 1 and I can’t wait to be one of the team. This is an absolute dream for me! The only person more excited than me is my mum - who is delighted I finally have a proper job! I’ve had so much fun working with Matt over the past few weeks, and I’m so glad I’m no longer just 'Mollie From The Saturdays' but Mollie from the 'Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays'!”
Matt Edmondson says: “Radio 1 is known for its Big Weekends, but I never imagined the weekend would get THIS big. Mollie popped in to be a co-host a few weeks ago and was so bloody brilliant we couldn’t let her go! I can’t wait to get started, but I have warned Mollie that there’s only room for one fashion icon on the show, and it’s me.”
Scott Mills says: “I was sat with my Mum when I got this news, and she actually cried because I’ve been pretending to do the chart show on Radio 1 since I was 8 years old. I’ve filled in on the show so much over the years, and I can’t believe it’s actually mine. I’m beyond excited!”
Ben Cooper (Controller, BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra and Asian Network) says: “The weekend will start here at Radio 1 on a Friday morning giving our young audience that feel good factor a day early. It’s our job at Radio 1 to reinvent the way young people listen to the radio, to disrupt traditional thinking and to look for new ways in which to grow audiences.”
Radio 1’s new Friday schedule
6.30am-10am - Radio 1’s Weekend Breakfast with Dev and Alice
10am-1pm - Radio 1’s Greatest Hits with Maya Jama
1-4pm - Matt and Mollie
4-7pm - The Official Chart with Scott Mills