BBC Radio 1

  1. BBC to Give Britpop a Big Programming Push for 20th Anniversary

    March 17, 2014 11:02 AM EDT Members of Oasis, Blur to participate in programming across radio, TV. The BBC is to devote a season across its television and radio stations to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of "the birth of Britpop," complete with footage and tunes ...

  2. Anti-Thatcher Song ‘Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead’ Beat By Duke Dumont’s ‘Need U (100%)’ on UK Singles Chart

    April 14, 2013 2:50 PM EDT The highly controversial campaign to get “Ding! Dong! The Witch Is Dead,” by the “Wizard of Oz” Film Cast to No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart has ended in narrow defeat. As BBC Radio 1 announced the Official Charts Company’s new sales data on Sun ...

  3. Pete Tong, Longtime BBC DJ, Joining Clear Channel iHeartRadio For EDM-Focused Station

    November 08, 2012 3:54 PM EST Clear Channel's internet radio streaming arm, iHeartRadio, today announced it is bringing long-time BBC radio personality Pete Tong, a dance/electronica DJ and founder of FFRR Records, to the US to host a show called 'All Gone Pete Tong& ...

  4. BBC 6 Radio Has Highest Numbers Two Years After Nearly Getting Axed; Digital Radio Up 5%

    May 18, 2012 8:24 AM EDT Listeners to the BBC's digital alternative station BBC 6 Music grew to a record high in the last quarter, attracting an average weekly audience of 1.45 million in the first three months of 2012, according to the latest RAJAR (Radio Joint Audi ...

  5. John Peel's Extensive Record Collection Goes Online

    February 23, 2012 5:02 PM EST Part of the late venerable radio DJ John Peel's extensive record collection will be available online via a British Arts Council project called The Space, according to the BBC . The John Peel Centre, located in Stowmarket, England, has set out ...

  6. BBC 6 Music Records Highest Ever Listening Figures, Digital Listening Increases

    February 02, 2012 3:53 PM EST The BBC's digital alternative station BBC 6 Music has recorded its highest ever listening figures in the latest RAJAR (Radio Joint Audience Research) figures, published today (Feb. 2). The music-dedicated station, which the BBC toyed with axi ...

  7. Sirius XM Brings BBC Radio 1 Back to U.S. with Internet Station after Last Week's Cancellation

    August 16, 2011 3:55 PM EDT Sirius XM announced today that it will be bringing the U.K.'s BBC Radio 1 broadcast, along with exclusive concert performances, to its Internet Radio starting Friday, Aug 19 as a part of a multi-platform agreement. This follows the Aug 10 can ...

  8. Mary Anne Hobbs, Guest Blogger, on Her Switch From BBC Radio One to XFM

    April 22, 2011 2:30 PM EDT She's Seen A Million Faces, And Rocked Them All: Mary Anne Hobbs at Coachella (Photo: www.djgabereal.com ) From dropping out of school and working at an egg packing plant to living on a bus with a hard rock band to publishing the fanzine Krus ...

  9. BBC's Urban Station Grabs New Listeners

    October 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. urban station BBC 1Xtra has registered its highest audience share to date, attracting over 800,000 weekly listeners in the third quarter, according to the latest RAJAR figures. The digital network increased its audience from the 600,000 it lo ...

  10. Annie Nightingale Breaks Record

    September 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BBC Radio 1 DJ Annie Nightingale has entered the Guinness Book of Records as the longest serving female radio presenter. Nightingale, who began her career at Radio 1 in 1970, has been named the world record holder for the 'Longest Career as a ...

  11. U.K. Tour Update: Electric Proms, Kylie, Selena Gomez

    September 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Robert Plant has been confirmed as a headline act for the Radio 2 Electric Proms 2010. He will perform with Band of Joy and the London Oriana Choir at the Roundhouse in London on Oct. 29. It will air live on AC network Radio 2 and form part of ...

  12. BBC 6 Music Audience Soars To 1 Million

    May 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The BBC has unique problems with the latest RAJAR figures: the digital station that management wants to close increased its audience by 50%, while the surprise ratings boost for Radio 2 's breakfast show will enrage commercial rivals. New aud ...

  13. BBC 6 Music Scoops Two Sonys

    May 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Threatened BBC music stations 6 Music and the Asian Network hit back against their proposed closure by winning gold awards at the Sony Awards. BBC 6 Music, which has attracted support from many music stars and the U.K. music industry, won gold for ...

  14. BBC Radio 1 To Air Mid-Week Chart

    February 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. national top 40 station BBC Radio 1 is to air a mid-week sales chart in addition to its weekly chart countdown. Presenter Greg James will present the "Official Chart Update" from 3.30pm to 4pm every Wednesday, from March 10. It will ...

  15. Jackson's 'This Is It' Rules U.K. Airplay

    October 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's posthumous radio single "This Is It" (Sony Music Entertainment) is currently No. 1 on the U.K. Radio Airplay Chart (week to date) and given its performance to date is likely to top the final Airplay Chart on Sunday ...

  16. Steve Lamacq Departs Radio 1

    August 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. broadcaster Steve Lamacq is departing national top 40 station BBC Radio 1 after 16 years. Lamacq has been introducing the Radio 1 audience to alternative, indie and rock music since he partnered with Jo Whiley on "The Evening Session.&qu ...

  17. BBC Radio 1 At Nine-Year High

    August 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The last quarter saw U.K. Top 40 network BBC Radio 1 score its highest listening figures for nine years. According to official audience research figures from Radio Joint Audience Research Ltd (RAJAR) covering the three-month period March 30-June 2 ...

  18. London Lunchtime, Evening Showcase Launches

    July 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A monthly London showcase featuring two slots for new acts has launched at the Social venue. It aims to reach producers at nearby national radio networks BBC Radio 1 and Radio 2. The venue is located near both top 40 station Radio 1 and AC network ...

  19. Shake-Up At BBC Radio 1

    July 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT BBC Radio 1 has announced a major shake-up of its weekday schedule, promoting Fearne Cotton to the morning show. Cotton will replace Jo Whiley on the Monday to Friday morning show at the national top 40 station. The show airs 10am to 12.45pm. Cott ...

  20. BBC's 'Big Weekend' Builds Interactive Audience

    June 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. broadcaster BBC has released figures that show national Top 40 station Radio 1's Big Weekend event - held May 9 to 10 in Swindon and available on Web and digital TV platforms as well as via radio - was the most interactive to date. The n ...

  21. Global Rights Deal For BBC's 'Big Weekend'

    June 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT BBC Worldwide Music, a division of the publicly funded U.K. broadcaster's commercial arm, has secured international television distribution rights for national Top 40 station Radio 1's 'Big Weekend' event. It will offer interna ...

  22. 'Big Weekend' For Lily Allen, Snow Patrol

    April 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Lily Allen, Snow Patrol and Kasabian will headline U.K. national top 40 station BBC Radio 1's "Big Weekend" festival in Swindon on May 9 and 10. The free music event has a line-up of more than 50 U.K. and international artists. Othe ...

  23. New BBC Radio 2 Controller Announced

    January 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bob Shennan has been appointed the new controller for national U.K. A/C network BBC Radio 2. Shennan succeeds Lesley Douglas, who left the BBC last October amid the scandal over Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand's prank calls to actor Andrew Sa ...

  24. Donnelly Splits EMI Pub, Joins 4 Radio

    April 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Alex Donelly has left EMI Music Publishing after two years to take up the role as head of music for U.K. national broadcaster Channel 4's digital radio station, 4 Radio. EMI publishing brought Donelly (then known as Jones-Donelly) on board in ...

  25. New Gig For BBC Radio Vet Douglas

    May 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Leading British radio executive Lesley Douglas has been elevated to oversee the BBC's popular music ambitions. With immediate effect, Douglas has added stripes as controller of BBC popular music, a new role that includes responsibility for co ...

  26. BBC Radio 2 Hires Napster's Jeff Smith

    February 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST BBC Radio 2 today (Feb. 19) confirmed that Napster's U.K. and international programming director Jeff Smith is to become its new head of music. Smith takes on the role at the British public broadcaster on 26 March 2007. He succeeds Colin Mart ...

  27. U.K.'s OCC Dreams On With Fantasy Manager Game

    October 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The Official U.K. Charts Company, compiler of Britain's music sales charts, kicks off a new online game on Oct. 30 that will make dreams come true for aspiring music managers in Britain. The Official U.K. Charts Company, compiler of Britain&# ...

  28. Downloads Boost Q2 U.K. Album Sales

    July 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Ongoing demand for digital downloads helped the U.K.'s singles market in the second quarter recover to a six-year best, according to a new publication. Ongoing demand for digital downloads helped the U.K.'s singles market in the second q ...

  29. Ergatoudis Named Radio 1 Music Head

    October 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT George Ergatoudis has been appointed to the vacant role as head of music at BBC Radio 1, the country's leading top 40 national station. Until recently, Ergatoudis was music manager at 1Xtra, Radio 1's George Ergatoudis has been appointed ...

  30. BBC Radio 1 Joins Sirius Line-Up

    June 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Continuing its aggressive licensing of media brand names, Sirius Satellite Radio has inked an agreement with BBC Radio International to broadcast the British network's modern music Radio 1 station. Continuing its aggressive licensing of media ...

  31. EMI Veteran Shelagh Macleod Dies

    January 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST Former EMI senior VP Shelagh Macleod died in London Jan. 21, aged 53, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Former EMI senior VP Shelagh Macleod died in London Jan. 21, aged 53, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Macleod retired early 2002 due to h ...

  32. EMI Veteran Shelagh Macleod Dies

    January 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST Former EMI senior VP Shelagh Macleod died in London today (Jan. 21) aged 53 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Former EMI senior VP Shelagh Macleod died in London today (Jan. 21) aged 53 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Macleod retired early 2 ...

  33. The Indies

    November 11, 2004 12:00 AM EST The U.K. indie community remembers BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel as a champion of new talent and indie repertoire. The U.K. indie community remembers BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel as a champion of new talent and indie repertoire. News ...

  34. Prince's Trust Charity Launches U.K. Urban Music Fest

    January 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST The Prince's Trust, the U.K. charity founded by the Prince of Wales, is planning to stage what it describes as Britain's largest-ever urban music event. "The Prince's Trust Urban Music Festival" will The Prince's Trus ...

  35. Prince's Trust Charity Launches U.K. Urban Music Fest

    January 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST Charity aims for largest-ever urban music event The Prince's Trust, the U.K. charity founded by the Prince of Wales, is planning to stage what it describes as Britain's largest-ever urban music event. "The Prince's Trust Urban ...