Strictly star Dev, Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart leaving Radio 1 in huge station shake up

STRICTLY star Dev Griffin, Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart are leaving Radio 1 as part of a huge station shake up – with five new presenters taking their place.

The three favourites will be marking the end of their time on the much-loved radio station next month.

Dev Griffin, 35, who has been a presenter on Radio 1 since 2009, took to Instagram to share the news about his departure.

He told his 100k followers: "Being a DJ on Radio 1 for the past 11 years and 1Xtra for 7 years has been a childhood dream come true and it’s been a huge part of my life."

"I have made some amazing memories and even better friends. It’s been an absolute privilege and a pleasure to waffle and entertain so many listeners but I’m ready for some new challenges."

A long list of our favourite celebrities flocked to the comment section to say their goodbyes to the presenter.


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Being a DJ on Radio 1 for the past 11 years and 1Xtra for 7 years has been a childhood dream come true and it’s been a huge part of my life.I have made some amazing memories and even better friends. It’s been an absolute privilege and a pleasure to waffle and entertain so many listeners but I’m ready for some new challenges. My last show on Radio 1 will be on the 20th of December. Thank you for listening x

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The Saturdays star Mollie King replied: "Noooo Dev! You will be so missed! ❤️"

Geordie Shore legend Vicky Pattison commented: "Awww Dev, you will be greatly missed 💙

And fellow presenter Nick Grimshaw added: "Devvvvvv! We 💖 you! Can’t wait to see what you do next. Are you joined Idles? X"

The star, who took part in the 17th series of Strictly Come Dancing last year, has decided that it's time to focus on other presenting opportunities.


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Leaving Radio 1. I’ve had a lovely time; thanks for your company over the years!

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Meanwhile Huw Stephens, 39, who first joined Radio 1 in 1999 at the age of 17, will also be leaving the station.

He shared with his 39.5k followers on Instagram earlier today: "Leaving Radio 1. I’ve had a lovely time; thanks for your company over the years!"

The third presenter to hang up their microphone is Phil Tagart – who became the host of BBC Introducing in Northern Ireland in 2013 and soon after began appearing on some of Radio 1's national programmes.

The presenter took to his social media to share a lengthy post about his hugely successful career with Radio 1 alongside a range of throwback snaps of him on the job.


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Right… Here we go. I'm leaving Radio 1 on December 20th  After ten years working and nine years broadcasting at @BBCR1 it's time to give up my seat and microphone and pass it on to the next person. It has completely changed my life and I thank everyone that has helped me and worked with me along the way (Producers, Assistant Producers, Execs, Friends). It's been my dream job. I always knew it was going to be painful stepping away from it, and it is. Good luck to @sianelerievanss who is taking over. I'll never forget that first flight from Belfast to London to do my first show. I was listening to War on Drugs 'Future Weather' and I was equal amounts petrified and excited. The biggest buzz in the world is a listener letting you know that a piece of music you've chosen has changed their day for the better. I have broken so many artists, supported independent and unsigned artists and made so many friends for life along the way. Big love to @alicelevine for the Phalice years of 10pm. It was an amazing experience sharing a show with one of the funniest broadcasters in the world. I've been a bit of a Swiss army knife when it comes to Radio 1. Last I clocked I've covered every week day and night slot on the station bar 1pm (the one that got away). Shouts To The Shows – 10pm Week Nights, The Mixtape, The Specialist Chart, The Hype Chart, 10pm Sunday and The Chillest Show The Chillest Show is what I am most proud of during my time at R1. I along with my amazing producers built that show from scratch with the idea of creating a programme that was there to nourish the tender souls of Sunday evening with vibey alternative sounds. I've had therapists, NHS Doctors and countless other people tell me how the show helps them and others, for me that is the biggest complement.I leave the show having doubled it's online numbers over the last year and made that Rajar graph point in the right direction.  Respect to the ChillDaBeasts. Don't worry. I. Going to start a new Chill Show elsewhere. I'm not abandoning you. More details in the next few weeks. I'm very excited about all the new projects ❤

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He wrote: "After ten years working and nine years broadcasting at @BBCR1 it's time to give up my seat and microphone and pass it on to the next person.

"It has completely changed my life and I thank everyone that has helped me and worked with me along the way (Producers, Assistant Producers, Execs, Friends).

"It's been my dream job. I always knew it was going to be painful stepping away from it, and it is. Good luck to @sianelerievanss who is taking over."

Although it's a sad time for many avid listeners, there are five new presenters that are ready and raring to go for their new roles to start in the new year.





Newcomers Joel Mitchell, Mollie Finn and Fee Mak will be the new presenters hosting Early Breakfast on Fridays from January 4 2021.

Sian Eleri will be the presenter for Radio 1's Chillest Show and Gemma Bradley will be the new voice of BBC Music Introducing.

Head of Radio 1, Alyd Haden Jones said: "This is a really exciting time for Radio 1 as we prepare to welcome the next generation of talent.

"Sian and Gemma are going to bring some brilliant energy to our weekend line-up, and with our new Friday morning rotation we're going to be hearing from some fantastic new presenters over the coming months."

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