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Old 07-19-2005, 08:57 AM   #1
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I've enjoyed BBC World Service (via shortwave) for years. I am certain that BBC Radio 1 does a great job with pop and rock music. I am eager to begin listening. WHEN will it start???

SIRIUS Satellite Radio announced today an agreement to broadcast the British Broadcasting Corporation's popular modern music channel Radio 1. The agreement, with BBC Radio International, part of the U.K. broadcaster's commercial arm BBC Worldwide, will bring many Americans their first opportunity to listen to the influential and highly acclaimed radio channel.

"Radio 1 on SIRIUS will be a unique entertainment offering unmatched in the U.S.," said Scott Greenstein, SIRIUS President of Entertainment and Sports. "It is renowned for its support of up-and-coming British artists, and reflects the enormously vibrant British music scene in its daily programming and special events. SIRIUS subscribers will soon be able to hear Radio 1's cutting-edge music in their cars, homes or other locations."

BBC Radio 1 plays a mix of current pop, rock, R&B and hip-hop music, and extensively covers music events taking place worldwide. BBC Radio 1 features many exclusive interviews, as well as live broadcasts of performances and unique studio sets from some of the hottest artists on the international music scene. The channel has a weekly audience of more than 12 million in the U.K.*, and is consistently recognized for the quality of its on-air hosts and the information and entertainment it presents.

Andy Parfitt, BBC's Controller of Radio 1, said: "This is such an exciting development. Radio 1 already has a strong international reputation amongst music fans around the world, including the U.S.. Now the station can be heard easily across America. With our commitment to great new UK music we hope that we can help British acts make inroads into the massive US music market."

David Moody, Director of Strategy and Business Development at BBC Worldwide, said: "We're delighted to be working with SIRIUS on adding one of the U.K.'s most established radio brands to its high quality radio line-up. The arrangement benefits from Radio 1's strong programming and brand combined with SIRIUS' cutting edge delivery technology and established U.S. audience. We look forward to exploring further opportunities together in the future."

BBC Radio 1 will be broadcast with a time-shift on SIRIUS, so Americans can enjoy the channel's lineup as it was intended – with Chris Moyles' Breakfast Show in the morning, Scott Mill's show in the afternoon, and kicking off the weekend with Pete Tong's Friday night Essential Selection. . .
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BBC Radio 1

BBC Radio 1 is a British radio station, specialising in popular music aimed at a young audience (children, teenagers and young adults). Radio 1 was launched at 7am on September 30, 1967 as a direct response to the popularity of illegal pirate radio stations such as Radio Caroline.


The first DJ to broadcast on the new station was Tony Blackburn, whose (sometimes sickeningly) cheery style won him the prime slot on what became known as the "breakfast show". The first record played on Radio 1 was Flowers in the Rain by The Move. The breakfast programme remains the most prized slot in the Radio 1 schedules, with every change of presenter exciting considerable media interest.

The initial rota of staff included the legendary John Peel (with the station until his untimely death in October 2004) and a gaggle of others, some hired from pirates, such as Ed Stewart, Terry Wogan, Jimmy Young, Dave Cash, Kenny Everett, Pete Murray, and Bob Holness.

Radio 1 initially broadcast on 1214Khz mediumwave (or 247 metres as it was referred to at the time) and moved to 1053/1089Khz (275/285 metres)in 1978 (it was the only BBC National station without an FM frequency). In the 1970s and early 1980s it was allowed to take over Radio 2's FM transmitters for a few hours per week, most notably for the Top 40 Singles Chart on Sunday afternoons. In 1988 the 97–99 MHz frequencies became available when the existing police communication allocation changed, and Radio 1 acquired them for its own national FM network. Its old mediumwave frequencies were reallocated to commercial stations in 1994. In the 1990s it also began broadcasting on Sky Television's analogue satellite, initially in mono and later in stereo. Today it can be heard on DAB, Freeview, Sky Digital and the Internet as well as FM.

There were major changes to the station in the mid 1990s by the then controller, Matthew Bannister. He led a campaign to rid the station of its 'Smashie and Nicey' image and revert it to a youth station catering for the under 25s. Although originally launched as a youth station, by the early 1990s, its loyal listeners (and DJs) had aged with the station over its 25 year history. Bannister had a ruthless purge of the older DJs and banned old music (typically anything recorded before 1990) from the daytime playlist. Listeners rebelled as the first new DJs to be introduced represented a crossover from other parts of the BBC media empire with Emma Freud and Danny Baker. Bannister promoted Chris Evans to the prime morning slot even though Evans' own media interests were in conflict with the public benefit remit of the station. Evans was eventually sacked in 1996, and was replaced by Mark Radcliffe (along with his sidekick Marc Riley), who was in turn replaced by Zoe Ball just 6 months later in October 1997. Listening figures continued to decline but the station succeeded in its aim to target a younger age group. In 2000, Zoe Ball was replaced by friend and fellow laddette Sara Cox, but despite heavy promotion listening figures for the iconic breakfast show continued to fall. In 2004 Cox was replaced by Chris Moyles and early signs are that Moyles has managed to arrest the decline adding 700,000 listeners in his first few months.

Ironically, many of the DJs ousted by Bannister (such as Johnnie Walker and Steve Wright) joined Radio 2 which has currently overtaken Radio 1 as the UK's most popular radio station, using a style that Radio 1 had up until the early 1990s


Radio 1 is notable for the range of music it plays. While most commercial stations concentrate on a particular theme, such as 1980s music or "classic rock", Radio 1 plays a diverse mix of current songs, including independent/alternative, rock, house/electronica, drum 'n' bass, world, pop and rap.

Due to restrictions on the amount of commercial music that could be played on radio in the UK until 1988 (the so-called "needle time" limitation) the station has recorded a great many live performances and studio sessions over the years, many of which have subsequently (and perhaps ironically) found their way onto commercially-available LPs and CDs. There have also been innumerable rockumentary shows and interviews. Although this type of programming arose from necessity it has given the station some much-needed diversity.


Current presenters on this station include Steve Lamacq, Zane Lowe, Mary Ann Hobbs, and Mike Davies, who all host their own respective rock and indie orientated shows. Also in the station's stable are R&B, garage and rap supremos such as Tim Westwood and Trevor Nelson. Club DJs Pete Tong and Judge Jules, amongst many others all present their own weekend dance shows. With these music specialists presenting in the evenings, the daytime schedules are mostly taken up by less specialised, more mainstream shows primarily hosted by Chris Moyles (The Chris Moyles Show) at breakfast (06:55–10:00), Jo Whiley (10:00–13:00), Colin and Edith (13:00–16:00), Scott Mills (16:00–19:00), Zane Lowe (19:00–21:00) and Nemone (04:00–06:55). Following the untimely death of John Peel in October 2004, Annie Nightingale is now the longest serving presenter at the station having worked there since 1969. Her show can be heard Fridays (01:00–03:00).


Aside from the daily scheduled programmes, Radio 1 also broadcasts a number of special programmes throughout the week. One of these is The Official UK Chart presented by JK and Joel , broadcast on Sundays from 4–7 pm. JK and Joel are also due to take over the 'Early Breakfast' slot, previously presented by Nemone from September 2005.
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