BBC Radio 1 implements changes to schedule amid Coronavirus crisis


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BBC Radio 1 has outlined changes to its schedule that will be made to ensure it can continue to keep audiences informed, educated, and entertained during the coronavirus crisis.

The changes will see the length of shows across Radio 1 daytime increase, meaning fewer presenters are required in the studio throughout the course of the day. For example, while a typical Monday would usually see five shows broadcast between 4am and 7pm (hosted by Adele Roberts, Greg James, Clara Amfo, Scott Mills and Nick Grimshaw), there will now only be four shows airing during that time. A small number of presenters will therefore rotate each week.

Implementing a simplified schedule means that audiences will still be able to hear their favourite DJs on the airwaves, while enabling staff and presenters to best protect themselves and others. Radio 1 will continue to broadcast to its millions of listeners over the coming weeks, offering a valuable source of news, education and much-needed entertainment for as long as possible in these times of uncertainty.

The new schedule will come into effect from Monday 30 March and will remain under review for the foreseeable future. Outside of these times the schedule remains unchanged.

Aled Haydn Jones, Head of Programmes at Radio 1, says: “In these testing times I’ve made the decision to simplify our schedule to ensure the health of our teams, presenters and the network itself. I’m very proud of how the Radio 1 teams have been able to continue to entertain and inform our audience under such difficult conditions, and we’ll be doing our best to carry on throughout the challenging weeks ahead.”

For full schedule details please visit the Radio 1 website via the link below.

Source BBC Radio 1

March 27, 2020 5:50am ET by BBC Radio 1  

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