Veteran Irish presenter Annie Mac has announced that she will be hosting her last Future Sounds show on July 30 before leaving BBC Radio 1, after 17 years. She posted the news on her Instagram and Twitter accounts.
Mac presents the new music show Future Sounds on weekdays between 6 pm and 8 pm, as well as a dance music-oriented Friday night show.
After July 30, Clara Amfo, the BBC broadcaster of the mid-morning slot and of the Live Lounge, will now be taking over Future Sounds. The presenter said that she was “beyond honored and ready to start this exciting new chapter on Radio 1
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.”
The Friday Night Dance Party slot will be taken over by Danny Howard, who joined Radio 1, in 2011, after winning the station’s Superstar DJ talent competition.
Annie Mac said her departure was “all about time“, and that she wanted to devote more time to seeing her two children. She also added that she wanted to have time to work on writing fiction – her debut novel Mother Mother is due for publication in May – and podcasting.
The presenter already hosts the popular podcast Changes With Annie MacManus in which she interviews fellow creatives about changes in their personal and professional lives.
Before thanking her colleagues and listeners in her post, Annie Mac wrote, “I will be coming back to radio broadcasting when the time is right“.
The BBC said that Mac has fronted “some incredible moments on BBC Radio 1, from live sessions to landmark interviews with the world’s biggest artists. Sending all of our love, appreciation, and luck for the future to Annie.”
She ended her post with a sweet word to her listeners: “Thank you for allowing me into your lives, Thank you for brightening my days. Thank you, thank you, thank you for listening.”
Annie Mac’s wonderful journey at BBC Radio 1 began in 2002, when she joined as a production assistant, then in 2004, she landed with her first solo show Annie Mac’s Mashup, and she took over Zane Lowe‘s evening show in 2015.