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Radio 1 DJ’s quit in latest round of BBC cuts

Radio 1 DJ’s quit in latest round of BBC cutsRadio 1 DJ’s quit in latest round of BBC cuts

A clutch of BBC DJ’s have become the latest casualties of an on-going cost cutting drive at the broadcaster with Edith Bowman, Rob Da Bank and Nihal amongst those to be shown the door.

The departures presage a revamp of Radio 1’s schedule from September which will usher in a clutch of new shows to replace those lost; including programmes by DJ’s Alice Levine and Huw Stephens alongside a three-hour Sunday night rock show.

This reflects a continuing drive to attract a younger audience at the station.

Conceding that the job losses arose entirely in consequence to budget reductions controller Ben Cooper admitted: “These cuts to our budget are hurting. It means I have had to make some tough choices and say goodbye to some friends and respected colleagues.

“Tough decisions have been made but the strategy remains for the stations to continue to innovate and invent new ways to reach their younger audience. I believe these new schedules continue to innovate, reflect and celebrate the UK's youth and music culture."

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