Mayo Leaving Radio 1

Simon Mayo is leaving BBC Radio 1 in February to join BBC Five Live, it was announced today. He will present his farewell show on February 16 and begin broadcasting an afternoon current affairs show on Five Live in May. Simon, aged 42, has been with Radio 1 since 1986 and in that time presented the Breakfast Show for five years and has been in his current mid-morning slot for seven. As a result, the existing daytime presenters on Radio 1 will mostly have an hour added to their show. The new schedule, operational from Monday February 19th 2001, will see Scott Mills given an extra half-hour, finishing at 7am. The Breakfast Show with Sara Cox will be extended to three hours between 7am and 10am. Jo Whiley will move from her lunchtime slot to 10am followed by Mark ‘n’ Lard skinning the competition (ALIVE!) from 1pm. Chris Moyles will start an hour earlier at 3pm and the lunchtime ‘Newsbeat’ will move to 12.45pm. Present afternoon FiveLive presenter Ian Payne will be moved to the evening show ‘Sport on 5’.