BBC Radio 1’s sentimental feature “Our Tune” will be on TV on Sky One from next month. Simon Bates – the man who made it a ‘must-weep’ feature for millions of listeners – will present.
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BBC Radio 1’s Simon Mayo show can once again be heard crystal clear on Dublin’s FM band courtesy of Freedom 92FM. In addition to Radio 1’s breakfast show, Freedom have extended relays of the UK national pop channel until 12 midday.
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’.
Chris Moyles has been rapped by his BBC Radio 1 bosses for threatening a rival presenter on his afternoon show. Moyles called Capital FM’s Neil Fox an “ego on legs” and warned: “I’m going to rip that guy a brand new hole. I’m gonna tear his head off and poo down his neck.”
The outburst was a reaction to an article in The Sun where Fox said he would love to get into a ‘Celebrity Boxing’ ring with Moyles and ‘knock his fat face off’.
Although BBC bosses accepted that the item was humourous, they believed Moyles had gone too far.
Dustin, Ireland’s most famous turkey, has proved immensely popular with listeners to Sara Cox’s BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show. The part-time politician, builder, movie-star and entertainer this week presented a series of short pieces entitled “A Turkey’s Guide to Surviving Christmas”.
It all came about as a result of an email just three weeks ago from an ex-pat Irish listener who said the thing he missed most about Ireland was Dustin the Turkey. After reading out the email, Sara’s team were flooded by texts and emails from Irish listeners who left the show’s research team in no doubt about Dustin’s popularity.
A spokesman for the Breakfast Show told the Evening Herald this week that they’d never seen anything like it!
Chris Moyles will take over BBC Radio 1’s Breakfast Show from early next year. Current presenter Sara Cox will be shifted to Moyles’ afternoon slot in the wake of disastrous ratings. Andy Parfitt, the station’s Controller, expressed his delight that Moyles has agreed to present the show, adding that the controversial presenter was the first – and only – choice.
John Peel is dead at the age of 65. The legendary Liverpool-born broadcaster died last night after suffering from a heart attack. He was on a working holiday in South America when the tragedy struck. The radio and music world is in a state of shock today as everybody he ever touched tries to come to terms with the news.
Tributes have been received from far and wide for one of the original voices of BBC Radio 1. Even in his latter years John retained an infectious enthusiasm for new sounds, and new talent. His dry wit has caused many a smile, his endorsement has launched many a career. Although he’d reached retirement age, only his passing away could force his retirement from the airwaves. John’s late night shows on BBC Radio 1 were compulsive listening for fans worldwide. They also attracted the station’s largest percentage of under 15 years of age listenership. Peel was so highly thought of at the BBC that he virtually just had to ask and his show-times were changed to suit his lifestyle.
Andy Parfitt, BBC Radio 1’s controller, has called Peel’s contribution to modern music and culture ‘immeasurable’.
He added: “John Peel was a broadcasting legend. I am deeply saddened by his death as are all who work at Radio 1. Hopeful bands all over the world sent their demo tapes to John knowing that he really cared. His commitment and passion for new music only grew stronger over the years. In fact, when I last saw him he was engaged in a lively debate with his fellow DJs over the state of new music today. He will be hugely missed.”
Peel was admired and loved by his peers. BBC Radio 2 presenter Mark Radcliffe says that Peel inspired him to become a dj.
“He was someone with a warmth and honesty who really loved music, rather than someone who wanted to be a famous DJ,” Radcliffe said. “John showed that it was possible to be a broadcaster on a national radio station and still be yourself. He was a maverick and a peer, and a role model for so many of us.”
Fellow Radio 1 presenter Jo Whiley continued a theme: “John was simply one of my favourite men in the whole world – as a music fan and presenter he was simply an inspiration.”
BBC Director of Radio & Music Jenny Abramsky said: “John Peel was a unique broadcaster whose influence on Radio 1 could be felt from its very first days. He nurtured musicians and listeners alike introducing them to new sounds. His open-minded approach to music was mirrored by his equally generous approach to his audience when he went to Radio 4 to present Home Truths. He had a remarkable rapport with all his listeners. Everyone at BBC Radio is devasted by the news. John is simply irreplaceable.”
The BBC’s Director-General Mark Thompson said: “We are all very shocked and saddened by the news of John’s death. He was one of the giants of radio and will be missed, not just by everyone at the BBC, but by millions of listeners of all ages.”
John Peel also presented shows for BBC Radio 4 and the World Service in recent times, and worked on US radio in the ’60s. John’s death has left a huge void in broadcasting which will never again be filled. The world is a sadder place today.
Note: BBC Radio 1 will run the following tribute programmes…
Tonight Steve Lamacq will celebrate John’s life from 11pm to 1am.
Tomorrow night Mary Anne Hobbs will continue the tribute from 11pm to 1am.
And on Thursday, also from 11pm to 1am, Steve Lamacq will look back at John’s life and talk to people he has influenced over the years.