Wednesday 18 October 2017

Dublin DJ Annie Mac gets top slot on BBC Radio 1 as Zane Lowe departs

Annie Mac. PA
Annie Mac. PA

Elaine McCahill

Dublin native Annie McManus - known as DJ Annie Mac - is to replace Zane Lowe on his BBC Radio 1 evening music show.

Zane has hosted the show, which is broadcast Monday to Thursday from 7pm to 9pm since 2003 but is leaving the broadcaster to work for Apple in the US.

Annie from Dundrum, who began her radio career as a broadcast assistant to Zane Lowe on the show, will now take over the slot.

Annie Mac said that she is "humbled and excited" to be taking control of the evening show.

"The thing I love about music radio is those private epiphanies it provides," she said.

"Having 11 hours of airtime a week to share those moments with music that has no boundaries is beyond a job, it's a privilege.

"And to be following in the footsteps of Zane Lowe, a broadcaster that I respect and admire enormously, is a huge honour. I can't wait to get started," she added.

Mac (36) will continue to host the station's flagship dance show called Annie Mac on Friday evenings, but has handed over her Sunday evening show, Musical Hot Water Bottle, to Phil Taggart.

Radio 1 controller Ben Cooper released a statement welcoming Annie to her new slot.

"Annie has proven she is a great ambassador for new music, and I'm delighted that she's bringing her passion and knowledge to young audiences across the week," he said.

Annie attended Wesley College before studying English Literature at Queen's University in Belfast and previously presented music show Other Voices on RTE2.

She now lives in London with her partner, fellow BBC Radio 1 DJ Toddla T, and their young son who was born in May 2013.

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