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Annie Mac announces BBC Radio 1 departure after 17 years

Annie Mac has announced that she will be departing BBC Radio 1 after 17 years at the station.

Mac currently presents the ‘Future Sounds’ show on Radio 1, which is broadcast between 6-8pm every weeknight evening and plays some of the most exciting new music around. The DJ began at the station in 2004 and worked in a plethora of late-night slots before eventually taking over from Zane Lowe after he left the BBC in 2015 to move to join Apple.

Mac confirmed her last show would take place on July 30th and revealed that she wants to spend more time writing fiction, creating podcasts, as well as spending time with her two children. The Irish DJ wrote on Twitter: “It’s hard to articulate what this job has meant to me. It started in 2004 with Annie Mac’s Mashup on Thursday evenings. Then it was the big move to Fridays.

“Sunday nights was Switch with Grimmy and then The Musical Hot Water Bottle. Since March 2015 it has been every weeknight with the flagship new music show,” she said. “I have never not walked out of the studio feeling lighter and happier than when I walked in,” the DJ added.

“Working at Radio 1 has been like being at the best party ever and it is a wonderful feeling to be leaving with a huge smile on my face. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

Many musicians who Mac has helped over the years thanked her for her service on the airwaves, including Rina Sawayama, who wrote: “Oh Annie! You’re the absolute best. 17 years of amazing music! Thank you.”

Meanwhile, Disclosure posted: “Thank you for everything Annie. We wouldn’t be where we are today without your support… All the best for the next chapter.”

Clara Amfo will take over the reins on ‘Future Sounds’, and Amfo will be replaced on her mid-morning programme by Rickie Haywood-Williams, Melvin Odoom and Charlie Hedges.

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