The Irish DJ's last show will be broadcast on 30 July
Annie Mac is to leave BBC Radio 1 in July, after 17 years at the station, to spend more time with her family and concentrate more on her writing. Mac announced the news on her social media feeds this morning.
Mac's last broadcast will be on 30 July. After that, Clara Amfo will take over the Future Sounds show, while Amfo's current daytime slot will be presided over by Ricky Haywood-Williams, Melvin Odoom and Charlie Hedges, who currently have an evening show. Mac's Friday Night Dance Party slot, meanwhile, will be taken over by Danny Howard.
Mac's post read in part: “It’s hard to articulate what this job has meant to me. It started in 2004 with Annie Mac’s Mashup on Thursday evenings. Then it was the big move to Fridays. Sunday nights was Switch with Grimmy and then The Musical Hot Water Bottle. Since March 2015 it has been every weeknight with the flagship new music show.
"So why leave? It’s all about time really. 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. I also love the idea of leaving the party (and make no mistake working at Radio 1 does feel like a party) with a huge smile on my face, when I’m still having the most fun I can have.”
Annie Mac's first novel, Mother Mother, will be published in May.