Annie Mac announces she is leaving BBC Radio 1 after 17 years 6 months ago

Annie Mac announces she is leaving BBC Radio 1 after 17 years

Annie Mac is leaving BBC Radio 1 after 17 years at the radio station

The station announced her departure from BBC Radio 1 on social media this morning.

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In a statement, the station said: "After 17 amazing years at the station, @AnnieMac will be leaving Radio 1.

"Annie has fronted some incredible moments on @BBCR1 from live sessions to landmark interviews with the world’s biggest artists.

"Sending all of our love, appreciation and luck for the future to Annie."

Clara Amfo is set to be the new host of BBC Radio 1's Future Sounds from September, the station announced.

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In an emotional statement posted on Twitter, Annie Mac said: "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 added: "I'm still in awe of the magic of music radio."

Addressing the reason behind her decision to leave, Mac said: "It's all about time really. I need more time to see my kids in the evening now they are both in school. I would like more time to write fiction and to create podcasts."

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The radio host added that she will be returning to broadcasting in the future, when the time is right.

Her last BBC Radio 1 show will take place on 30 July 2021.