Jason Carter to head up Radio 1's music event for London Festival 2012
Andy Parfitt, Controller, BBC Radio 1 & Popular Music, announced today that Jason Carter has been appointed as Event Director: Radio 1 2012 which will see him lead the station's major outdoor music event which is being planned in East London for the London Festival 2012.(1)
Carter is currently Editor, BBC Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra Live Music & Events and BBC Introducing, and has an outstanding track record in creating and delivering large scale events. He will continue as editor of BBC Introducing – the pan-BBC initiative supporting new and unsigned artists and bands – in his new role.
Andy Parfitt says: "Radio 1's music event for London Festival 2012 is going to be our biggest and most ambitious event and Jason will bring all his vast experience and knowledge to delivering something extremely special to the young audiences that live in the boroughs surrounding the Olympic site."
Jason Carter says: "I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed Event Director for Radio 1 and 1Xtra's London 2012 activity. Planning is already in progress for an extensive programme of activity across East London with a major flagship concert across two days.
"This will be the biggest and most ambitious popular music large scale show that the BBC will have ever put on. Content will be broadcast across BBC platforms and we will hope to deliver some very special artist moments at the main event, to be broadcast on other networks including Radio 2 .''
More details about the event will be announced in the coming months.
The BBC has named Neil Wyatt as the new Editor of BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra Live Music & Events, who will step into the role until after the 2012 events. Wyatt is currently Executive Producer, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra Live Music & Events.
Andy Parfitt says: "As Jason's deputy, Neil has delivered some exceptionally high quality and ambitious events such as 1Xtra Live as well as operating at a high level with Radio 1's Big Weekend – I'm delighted to have been able to give him this opportunity."
Neil Wyatt says: "Live Events are a vital part of Radio 1 and 1Xtra's success story, and I am proud to be given the opportunity to lead the team. 2011 is already shaping up to be another great year, with more unique events in the pipeline. It's an exciting time to work in live music and events and Radio 1 and 1Xtra will continue to lead the way in bringing the world's best concerts, sessions and artists to our audiences."
Jason Carter and Neil Wyatt take up their new positions in February.
Notes to Editors
(1) It was announced last month by Ruth Mackenzie, Director, Cultural Olympiad, LOCOG and Tony Hall, Chair of the Cultural Olympiad Board that as part of London Festival 2012 a major outdoor music event in East London would be led by BBC Radio 1.