It has now been announced Clara Amfo will host BBC Radio 1’s Future Sounds after Annie Mac revealed she is leaving the station after seventeen years.
Annie Mac revealed her departure from Radio 1 on Instagram today (April 20), writing: “It’s time to tell you, my listeners, that after 17 years, my last show on @bbcradio1 will take place on 30 July 2021.”
She added that her decision to leave was about time.
“I need more time to see my kids in the evenings now they are both in school,” she added. “I would like more time to write fiction and to create podcasts. 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.”
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Since landing her first BBC Radio 1 programme in 2004, Annie Mac has continued to make waves at the station, providing us with big interviews, epic live sessions and the best new music.
The BBC said the DJ has created “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.”
Annie Mac will host her last Future Sounds show on July 30, before Clara Amfo – who competed in the most recent series of Strictly Come Dancing – takes over in September.
“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,” said Clara.
Ricky, Melvin and Charlie are set to present the daytime slot’s Live Lounge segment.
The trio said: “To be given the opportunity to present the Live Lounge is just an absolute dream, a show we all adore and have so much love, passion and respect for.”