Radio 1 DJ and Live Lounge queen, Jo Whiley, is set to leave the station after seventeen years. She will begin a new three-nights-a-week show on Radio 2, leaving behind her weekend Radio 1 slot.
The BBC shuffle will begin in April, when Whiley’s weekend show on Radio 1 will go to Huw Stephen. She will then begin her Monday to Wednesday, 20.00 to 21.30 slot, on Radio 2.
Whiley will be replacing Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie’s evening show, as they are making a move to digital station 6 Music.
This BBC shuffle is not the first that Jo has encountered in recent years. Whiley used to hold the 10.00 to 13.00 Radio 1 slot, which she began in 2001. Jo was moved to weekends in 2009, with Fearne Cotton taking up her old show.
Whiley says of her time at the station: “I’ve loved working at Radio 1 for the past 17 years. As well as supporting my love of music, Radio 1 have also supported and accommodated me bringing three further children into the world, something, as a woman, I will always be grateful for.”
Radio 2 controller, Bob Shennan, has expressed his happiness at the addition to his Radio 2 team. “Jo’s at the top of her game and is a first-rate broadcaster with a great knowledge of music. I’m looking forward to her bringing her own brand of presenting to the Radio 2 evening schedule’ he said earlier,” said Shennan.