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Alice Levine announces Radio 1 departure

She has been with the station for eight years.

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Alice Levine joined Radio 1 eight years ago (PA)

Alice Levine joined Radio 1 eight years ago (PA)

Alice Levine joined Radio 1 eight years ago (PA)

Alice Levine has announced she is leaving BBC Radio 1 after eight years at the station.

The presenter, who also co-hosts the podcast My Dad Wrote A Porno, said in an Instagram post that it was “the end of an era”.

She wrote: “I’ve decided it’s the right time for me to hang up the headphones (not a thing) and say goodbye to Radio 1.

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End of an era 🎙📻🎙📻🎙📻🎙 I’ve decided it’s the right time for me to hang up the headphones (not a thing) and say goodbye to Radio 1. It‘s 9 years since I first walked around the old studios at Yalding House and signed up to start piloting for a show. So many big moments have happened since then and I have met friends for life. The team at R1 are the funniest, smartest and most-hardworking. I can’t believe I got to be in the gang for a bit. Huge thanks to Rhys Hughes who believed I could do a show in the John Peel slot talking about new music even though I said I was mainly listening to Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell (!). To Matt Fincham and Adele Cross who very patiently stood with me whilst I crashed the vocals, pressed the wrong buttons and had a prolonged crisis of confidence in those early off-air days (and beyond!). Then I somehow managed to bag the very best producers, who shared their immense experience and time - and often their jokes to say as my own! Let this, my last radio shout out, go to: Stocker, Mel, Tash, Aled, Kate, Ian, Trav, Jenny and Liam. Words can’t do you justice! With their nurturing, we won a Music Week Best Show Award, we did incredible broadcasts from Glastonbury, the Brits, Big Weekends, sessions at Maida Vale and interviewed some of the most exciting people in movies and music. We’ve also had a dead nice time and hopefully said some things that have made you laugh. From 10-midnight with Phil, to Weekend PM, then Weekend Breakfast, and now my Fri/Sat/Suns with Dev, I can’t believe how much we’ve packed in... If you’ve listened to the show or got in touch with one of your amazing stories over the years, I can’t thank you enough. To make jokes all day has just been a gift of a job! *Just to say you can no longer reach me on 81199, new number to follow 🤪

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“It‘s nine years since I first walked around the old studios at Yalding House and signed up to start piloting for a show. So many big moments have happened since then and I have met friends for life.

“The team at R1 are the funniest, smartest and most-hardworking. I can’t believe I got to be in the gang for a bit”.

Levine, 34, thanked the colleagues and producers she had worked with saying: “Words can’t do you justice!”

She ended her post by thanking people who had shared their stories on her radio show, adding: “To make jokes all day has just been a gift of a job!”.

Levine first joined Radio 1 in January 2013 to present a show with Phil Taggart in the “John Peel slot” from 10pm to midnight on Mondays to Thursdays. She currently hosts the 11am to 3pm weekend show with Dev Griffin.

The station said: “We’ll be saying goodbye to the wonderful @thisisalicelevine next month after eight years at Radio 1.

“We’ll miss you Alice, wishing you all the very best for the future.”

Her departure follows Maya Jama’s announcement in May not to renew her contract with the station after June.

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