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Nihal – Brit Asian DJ gets Radio1 Breakfast slot

BBC Radio 1 announce today (Thursday 6th September) an overhaul of both the daytime and evening schedules. The new schedule will come into effect on Friday October 12th with the following changes:

· The Chris Moyles Show will be extended by an extra half an hour with a new start time of 6.30am from Monday October 15th

· Sunday evenings 7pm – midnight becomes the teen zone – New show hosted by Annie Mac, Kelly Osbourne the new host of Radio 1’s Surgery

· Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates will host Radio 1’s Chart Show plus a new audience request show

· Friday and Saturday evenings become “the best club flyer in the world” dedicated to dance music genres (Fridays) and black music genres (Saturdays)

In further news, more brand new shows are being introduced:

· Nihal will host the weekend breakfast show

· New DJ Greg James takes over the prestigious early breakfast slot, having been plucked from student radio

· Trevor Nelson’s Saturday evening show will be simulcast on Radio 1’s sister station 1Xtra

· Huw Stephens and the Nations shows continue and become BBC Introducing, the BBC’s
initiative supporting the newest emerging musical talent

· Rob da Bank gains a new show

· Dick and Dom join the station to host the Sunday morning show

JK and Joel, the current hosts of the early breakfast show and Radio 1’s Chart Show will leave Radio 1 after three and a half years with the station. Trophy Twins will leave Radio 1 after two years with the station.

Chris Moyles said “I’m really pleased with my extension! We always run out of time on the show so it’ll be great having an extra half hour a day. Although ‘cos it means getting up earlier I’ll probably be late more often”

Reggie Yates said “It’s really exciting to be a part of the chart as new music is what we are all about and it doesn't get much better than announcing the new number one!”

Fearne Cotton said “I can't wait to start the new show with Reg on Radio One! Announcing the chart each week will be so exciting!! I’m also looking forward to the request show, we'll play just what you want for the weekends!!”

Nihal said “OH MY GOSH!!! I'm still so hyped up by this news that when I eventually calm down i'll be able to verbalise how humbled and excited I am”