BBC Radio 1

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BBC Radio 1 is a British national radio station owned and operated by the BBC. It specialises in modern popular music and current chart hits throughout the day. Radio 1 provides alternative genres at night, including electronica, dance, hip hop and indie.

It was launched in 1967 to meet the demand for pop music generated by offshore pirate radio stations.

The BBC claim that Radio 1 targets the 15–29 age group.

Editorial areaUK
FormatTop 40
Most playedEwan McVicar, CKay, Holly HumberstoneRadiomonitor
Audience figures8,251,000 weekly listenersRAJAR September 2021
Launched30 September 1967
Former names1FM

Contact BBC Radio 1

Postal addressBBC Broadcasting House
Portland Place
+44 20 8743 8000
+44 370 010 0100
Official website

Social media

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Latest news stories

BBC Radio 1 to dedicate a full day to Drag Queens
RadioToday - published 12 August 2021, 9.41am bst
BBC Radio 1 to give young people a Minute of Me
RadioToday - published 14 October 2020, 9.45am bst
Radio 1 to showcase new presenters over Christmas again
RadioToday - published 3 September 2020, 10.11am bst
BBC Radio 1 to bring in brand new presenters for Christmas 2020
BBC Media Centre - published 3 September 2020, 10.00am bst
Greg James and Radio 1 say Up Yours Corona
RadioToday - published 23 July 2020, 10.34am bst


Abbie McCarthy Assistant Producer
Adele Roberts Presenter
Aled Haydn Jones Producer, Breakfast Show
Alex Rogers Assistant Producer
Annie Nightingale Presenter
Annie Mac Presenter
Brett Spencer Head of Digital
Cel Spellman Presenter
Charlie Hedges Presenter
Chris Sawyer Producer, Greg James
Chris Goldfinger Presenter
Chris Price Head of Music
Clara Amfo Presenter
Dan Howell Presenter
Dan Hudson Assistant Producer
Dan Morris Senior Technical Producer
Daniel P Carter Presenter
DJ Plasticman Presenter
DJ Tayo Presenter
Eleanor Roper Journalist
Emlyn Dodd Producer, Drivetime
Georgina Bowman Presenter
Gilles Peterson Presenter
Greg James Presenter
Imran Ahmed Presenter
Jacob Rickard Producer
Jem Stone Head of Social Media
Jordan North Presenter
Judge Jules Presenter
Katie Boden Producer
Mark Hamilton Presenter
Matt Fisher Producer
Matt Fincham Music Editor
Melvin Odoom Presenter
Mike Davies Presenter
Nan Davies Producer
Nick Grimshaw Presenter
Pete Tong Presenter
Phil Stocker Producer
Phil Lester Presenter
Rachel Jones Producer, Breakfast Show
Reggie Yates Presenter
Rickie Haywood-Williams Presenter
Rob Da Bank Presenter
Sam Bailey Editor - BBC Radio 1 in BBC iPlayer
Scott Mills Presenter
Steve Lamacq Presenter
Vic Galloway Presenter

…at BBC

Alistair Tyne Engineer
Amol Rajan Media Editor
Chris Roberts Project Engineer
Fran Unsworth Director - BBC News
Helen Boaden Director of BBC Radio
James Harding Director of News and Current Affairs
James Purnell Director of radio education arts music learning and children
James Purnell Director of Strategy
Richard Sharp Chairman
Tim Davie Director General

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