Annie Mac Annie Mac years 1 Radio after BBC leaves 17
Tue, 20 Apr 2021 11:00:00 +0100
The Irish presenter – about to debut as a novelist – will be replaced on new music show Future Sounds by Clara Amfo
The Irish presenter – about to debut as a novelist – will be replaced on new music show Future Sounds by Clara AmfoLast modified on Tue 20 Apr 2021 06.01 EDTAnnie Mac is to leave BBC Radio 1 after 17 years.
The Irish presenter – full name Annie MacManus – presents the new music show Future Sounds on weekdays between 6pm and 8pm, as well as a dance music-oriented Friday night show.
Clara Amfo, the BBC broadcaster who competed in the most recent series of Strictly Come Dancing, will take over Mac’s Future Sounds show from September, with Danny Howard replacing Mac in the Friday night Dance Party slot.The BBC said that Mac had fronted “some incredible moments on BBC Radio 1, from live sessions to landmark interviews with the world’s biggest artists.
Sending all of our love, appreciation and luck for the future to Annie.” Mac told her followers on Twitter and Instagram that it was “hard to articulate what this job has meant to me”, going on to outline her career trajectory since joining the station as a production assistant in 2002, and landing her first solo show – Annie Mac’s Mashup – in 2004.“I’m still in awe of the magic of music radio,” said Mac.
“Of the responsibility of handling these songs that are so powerful they can stop you in your tracks and make your emotions soar.
I have never not walked out of the studio feeling lighter and happier than when I walked in”.Explaining her decision to leave the station, Mac – whose debut novel, Mother Mother, is due for publication in May – said that she wanted to spend more time with her two children, and to work on writing fiction and podcasting.
The presenter hosts the popular podcast Changes With Annie MacManus, which sees her interview fellow creatives about changes in their personal and professional lives.She said: “I also love the idea of leaving the party (and make no mistake working at Radio 1 does feel like a party) with a huge smile on my face, when I’m still having the most fun I can have.
I will be coming back to radio broadcasting when the time is right”.
She thanked listeners for “allowing me into your lives.
Thank you for brightening my days.” Her last show will be broadcast on 30 July.
Amfo was made presenter of the official chart programme on Radio 1 in 2015, and also presents the Live Lounge, where artists perform covers of existing hits.
Amfo said she was “beyond honoured and ready to start this exciting new chapter on Radio 1.
I’m such a fan of this show, the artists that is has championed and to be receiving the baton from Annie who I love and respect makes it extra special for me.”.
Tue, 20 Apr 2021 11:00:00 +0100
Clara Amfo will replace Mac in September to host the Future Sounds show on BBC Radio 1
Clara Amfo will replace Mac in September to host the Future Sounds show on BBC Radio 1.
News reporter @Amarjournalist_ Tuesday 20 April 2021 11:37, UKRadio host and DJ Annie Mac is to step down from her flagship music show and leave BBC Radio 1 after 17 years at the station.
Mac, 42, made the announcement on Twitter, saying she wants to spend more time with her kids, writing fiction and creating podcasts.”It’s hard to articulate what this job has meant to me.
It started in 2004 with Annie Mac’s Mashup on Thursday evenings,” she said.”I’m still in awe of the magic of music radio.
Of the responsibility of handling these songs that are so powerful, they can stop you in your tracks and make your emotions soar.It’s time to tell you, my listeners, that after 17 years, my last show on @BBCR1 will take place on 30 July 2021.
pic.twitter.com/Uy5KU6nHSF“I have never not walked out of the studio feeling lighter and happier than when I walked in.”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.”Mac’s first BBC Radio 1 programme was broadcast on 29 July 2004, having previously voiced jingles on the station and been a producer.She had her first live set at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Dundee in 2005 and she currently hosts Radio 1’s Future Sounds programme as well as a host of other shows.Announcing her departure on the station this morning, Mac said: “After 17 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 will leave the BBC on 30 July.Head of the station Aled Haydn Jones described Mac as “quite simply a legend” and said Clara Amfo will take over as host of Future Sounds from September.He said former Strictly Come Dancing contestant has “long been one of the most influential voices in the music industry”.Amfo currently hosts the mid-morning show on BBC Radio 1, which she took over from Fearne Cotton in 2015.Other changes include Rickie, Melvin and Charlie, who joined the station in 2019, hosting Radio 1’s Live Lounge and Danny Howard, who joined after winning the station’s Superstar DJ talent competition in 2011, taking on Radio 1’s Dance Party.Diplo, who currently occupies the 11pm to 1am slot on Saturday nights with Diplo and Friends, is also leaving.
– April 20, 2021
Annie Mac leaves BBC Radio 1 after 17 years