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Zane Lowe leaves Radio 1 for US


Zane Lowe is leaving his Radio 1 show

Zane Lowe is leaving his Radio 1 show

Zane Lowe is leaving his Radio 1 show

Zane Lowe is leaving Radio 1 after more than a decade having "loved every minute of it".

The DJ, who joined the network in 2003, is moving to the US with his family to work at Apple, the BBC said.

Zane, whose last show will air on Thursday March 5, said: "I want to thank everyone at Radio 1 - for their support and friendship. The station has allowed me to share incredible music with the country's best music fans - I've loved every minute of it. Exciting times lie ahead."

Annie Mac will take over as presenter of the weekday evening new music show, starting her role on Monday March 9, with the show airing Monday to Thursday from 7pm to 9pm.

She said taking over from Lowe is a "huge honour" and she "can't wait" to start.

"I am so excited and humbled to be asked to do this show. The thing I love about music radio is those private epiphanies it provides.

"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 said.

Annie kick-starts the weekend on Radio 1 on Friday evenings with the station's flagship dance music show.

She will continue to host this show, but will step down from her slot hosting Radio 1's Musical Hot Water Bottle on Sunday evenings.

Annie began her career at Radio 1 as a broadcast assistant on Zane's show.

Ben Cooper, controller, BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, said: "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.

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"I'd like to thank Zane for 12 wonderful years at Radio 1, and wish him and his family all the very best."

Phil Taggart will be taking over the Musical Hot Water Bottle with his first show being Sunday March 1. He will continue to host his Thursday evening future music show on the network.

He said: "I'm completely thrilled to have three more hours on Radio 1 to spin all of the wicked new music I am discovering. Radio 1 is the best new music station on the planet and to have a show like this with the freedom they give me is such an honour. Thanks to Annie Mac for passing the hot water bottle."

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