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MistaJam to leave the BBC after fifteen years

By | Published on Friday 25 September 2020


MistaJam has announced that he is leaving the BBC after fifteen years with the broadcaster, initially on 1Xtra and then also on Radio 1. He has not yet announced where he intends to move to next.

“After fifteen amazing years at the BBC, I feel the time has come for me to move on to the next challenge”, he says in a statement on Instagram. “From joining in 2005 to host an overnight hip hop show on 1Xtra to turning Radio 1’s ‘Dance Anthems’ into the most listened to show on BBC Sounds for under 35s, it’s been an amazing journey filled with moments I’ll never forget”.

“A couple of Radio Academy Gold awards, giving some of the biggest artists in the world their first ever national radio play, THAT 60 Minutes Live and being able to soundtrack lockdown with uplifting #DanceNRG have been some of the most special memories I’ll cherish and am so grateful to have been a part of”, he goes on.

“I want to thank the entire team both past and present at 1Xtra and Radio 1 for allowing this black kid from Nottingham a chance to be a national radio broadcaster”, he concludes. “But most of all, I’d like to thank every single person who’s ever given me their ears. Here’s to the future”.

Reece Parkinson will take over his 1Xtra drivetime show and Charlie Hedges will take on ‘Dance Anthems’ on Radio 1.

MistaJam’s announcement follows the recent departure of Toddla T from Radio 1.