Zane Lowe, the current host of BBC Radio 1’s weekday evening show, is leaving the broadcaster for Apple, and Annie Mac (pictured) has been confirmed to be the new host.
The 41-year-old Zane has been with the station for 12 years, and is best known for his exclusive interviews, in-studio performances, and emphasis on up-and-coming talent. His last show on the network will be March 5.
Zane thanked his fans and the station in a recent statement to BBC:
“I want to thank everyone at Radio 1 – for their support and friendship. The station has allowed me to share incredible music with the country’s best music fans – I’ve loved every minute of it. Exciting times lie ahead.”
Although no details have been revaled regarding Lowe’s position at Apple, the news comes hot on the heels of the report on Apple’s new streaming service, which is expected to launch in the summer.
Taking his place will be fellow BBC Radio 1 host Annie Mac, who coincidentally began her career at Radio 1 as an assistant on Lowe’s show.
Annie had this to say about the recent developments:
“I am so excited and humbled to be asked to do this show. The thing I love about music radio is those private epiphanies it provides. Having eleven hours of airtime a week to share those moments with music that has no boundaries, is beyond a job, it’s a privilege.”
Annie will take over broadcasting duties March 9.