Radio 1 has announced a new early breakfast weekend show hosted by Arielle Free that will run from Friday to Sunday.
Free, who presents the podcast Love Island: The Morning After with former contestant Kem Cetinay, will kick off the new show on 6 September from 4-6am on Friday and 5-7am on Saturday and Sunday.
She previously hosted the weekday early breakfast slot and ‘Dance Anthems’ on Radio 1 and presented coverage for Scotland’s T in the Park festival.
“To use a cliché, this is a dream come true for me to join the greatest radio station in the world”, she said. “Radio 1 is the reason why I got into broadcasting in the first place and has been the soundtrack to my life”.
“I’ve been a music lover ever since my mum took me from festival to festival in the womb. It’s truly an honour to wake the nation up and ready for the weekend”.
Alongside this new show, Radio 1 presenter Mollie King will also host ‘Best New Pop’ from 6-6:30am every Friday as it moves from its current Monday time slot.
Mollie will continue to host the Weekend Breakfast show from 6.30-10am on Friday and 7-10am on Saturday and Sunday, alongside Matt Edmondson.
“I’m really excited to be presenting Best New Pop on Fridays” said Mollie. “I love pop music, it’s a huge passion of mine and I love discovering new talent. So I can’t wait to bring you all the best new pop tunes first every week on Radio 1”.
The whole weekend schedule will be given a shake-up; Radio 1’s ‘Wind Down’ will become a one-hour show from 4-5am on Saturday and Sunday, whilst Sunday will see a companion show, Radio 1’s ‘Chillout Anthems’.
Finally, from 3-4am Monday to Sunday, the station will showcase a range of new podcasts, music mixes and documentaries from BBC Sounds, the BBC’s streaming and audio download service.