Luis Levrato

Annie Mac Leaving BBC Radio 1 After 17 Years

Following 17 years of introducing some of the greatest all-time tunes, legendary UK DJ Annie Mac is stepping down from her post at BBC’s Radio 1.

The Irish disc jockey said on Instagram: “I need more time to see my kids in the evenings now they are both in school. I would like more time to write fiction and to create podcasts.” She added: “I love the idea of leaving the party… when I’m still having the most fun I can have.” See the full post here.

Before passing the torch onto Clara Amfo, Mac’s imminent departure will follow her last Future Sounds show on July 30th and speaking on the transition, the new female DJ noted: “I’m such a fan of this show, the artists that is has championed and to be receiving the baton from Annie who I love and respect makes it extra special for me.”

Recent artists who’ve come out to pay homage to Annie include AJ Tracey, Arlo Parks and Jax Jones, each thanking her for the support, while many a listener has credited Ms Mac for helping them through the coronavirus pandemic.

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