UK Garage shocker as Richie ‘Vibe’ Vee dropped from 1xtra

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UK Garage on BBC 1xtra

The BBC has announced a reshuffle at their station for new black music – Radio 1xtra which includes the removal of Cardiff-based UK Garage DJ Richie ‘Vibe’ Vee from their roster.

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Richie is one of the only DJs on 1xtra repping UK Garage to the fullest, playing a mix of 2-step, 4/4, bassline with a dash of grime. This will almost certainly cull any rumours circulating that Stereohype’s DJ Charma was due to join the station.

While losing Richie Vee, they are gaining shows from hip-hop front runner Tim Westwood, and RnCheese conessour Trevor Nelson. While great from a commercial aspect, this is a blow to UK Garage in the mainstream.

The new timetable is as follows:

UK Garage has started to disappear from the 1xtra timetable

The full story from the BBC is below:

  • MistaJam promoted to five days a week
  • Key specialist DJs take over 10pm slot

1Xtra announced today a series of changes to the mainstream and specialist schedule, as DJs Trevor Nelson and Tim Westwood joined the digital radio revolution with new shows on the network.

In further news, UK hip hop specialist MistaJam takes over a new five-day slot.

The refreshed schedule reflects an evolution of 1Xtra’s music priorities and has been designed to ensure the station continues to champion the most important black music.

The changes kick off on 10 September with the specialist schedule:

  • MistaJam hosts a new cross genre show featuring the best in underground flavours plus the big hits, mixes, live music and charts.
  • House DJ Footloose and hip hop specialist Sarah Love will be joining the station for new mix shows.
  • From 10 each night, 1Xtra will have the big hitters in specialist music – Ronnie Herel, Robbo Ranx, Bailey, Target and Semtex – representing the very best in RnB, Dancehall, Drum & Bass, UKG and hip hop.
  • Crissy Criss is promoted to an earlier slot on Monday nights, midnight-2am.

On 8 October the daytime and weekend schedules change:

  • Trevor Nelson hosts a brand new breakfast show. Trevor will be joined by new signing Zena, as the show shifts to an 8-11am slot. Great music, big entertainment and the best celebrity guests will all be in the mix.
  • Westwood presents a new hip hop show exclusive to 1Xtra, Sunday nights, 10pm-midnight. Both Westwood and Nelson will continue to present their shows on sister station BBC Radio 1.
  • Dev is promoted from his weekend show to the early breakfast show, 6-8am weekdays.
  • Max takes over a new afternoon show, 2-4pm, mixing news, music, entertainment and debate.
  • Twin B gains two new shows on Saturday and Sunday mornings, 6-9am.
  • Ronnie Herel gains a new Saturday chart show (1-4pm) and a Sunday show (1-4pm).

Andy Parfitt, Controller, Radio 1 and 1Xtra, said: "This is chapter two for 1Xtra as we continue to grow the station. We have the cream of DJ talent showcasing the best black music around and in Trevor and Tim Westwood, the two biggest players in RnB and hip hop.

"It is important that UK digital radio grows for all audiences, including the young – this evolution of the station is a critical part of building awareness and audiences to digital. It’s key that the schedule is as easy as possible for our audience to navigate so they can find the music they love and I believe we have achieved that."

Lorna Clarke, Head of Programmes, 1Xtra, said: "Over the past five years 1Xtra has demonstrated that there is a huge appetite for UK and international black music. We’ve continued in our commitment to delivering the best content to our listeners and our refreshed schedule reflects this.

"We’re excited that Trevor Nelson and Tim Westwood, two of the UK’s leaders in bringing black music to a mainstream audience, will be joining us appealing to an even wider audience. I’d like to thank the DJs leaving the station for all their hard work and wish them well for the future."

Trevor Nelson said: "It makes total sense for me to be joining 1Xtra. I’ve been at the forefront of black music at Radio 1 and this opportunity was too good for me to pass up. It’s the flagship breakfast show on the BBC’s dedicated black music station. I’m looking forward to being a permanent part of the 1Xtra team."

Tim Westwood said: "1Xtra have made a tremendous contribution to black music over the last five years. I’m very proud and excited to be part of such a great station."

MistaJam said: "I’m really looking forward to moving to five days a week with my new show on the greatest black music station on the planet – 1Xtra – and while it will be different to my previous shows on the network, I’ll be able to build on my two years being a part of the 1Xtra family with the new show.

"I’ll be spotlighting a blend of some of the freshest black music around from all of 1Xtra’s key genres from both sides of the Atlantic – some you’ll know, some you’ll get to know. It will also be a guide to everything that’s hot in the 1Xtra universe: music, gadgets, film, TV, club nights, clothes!

"I’m honoured that 1Xtra has offered me the show and am humbled to be a key part of the next phase of 1Xtra. It’s gonna be big!!"

Notes to Editors

Trevor Nelson – arguably the biggest champion of RnB music in the UK, presenting shows on Radio 1 and MTV, Trevor is a respected figure in the music industry across the world.

Tim Westwood – regarded as the most influential figure in hip hop in Europe and as a pioneer of the UK scene, Westwood on Radio 1 is the top-ranked hip hop show in the UK.

Zena – former member of girl group Mis-Teeq, Birmingham-born Zena got her first taste of presenting on the UK music channel Jus Fabulous.

Sarah Love – resident at one of London’s favourite club nights, Kung Fu, Sarah has worked alongside some of the biggest names in hip hop including The Roots, KRS One, Grandmaster Flash, Guru, Raekwon of Wu-Tang.

Footloose – one of the busiest DJs pioneering the funky house movement, Footloose has been busy making his name as a producer as well as a DJ in this increasingly popular scene.

Presenters leaving the station as part of the schedule changes are:

  • Ayesha
  • G Money
  • DJ Flight
  • Blakey
  • Richie Vibe Vee
  • L Double
  • Aaron Ross
  • Silver Star
  • Rodney P & Skitz
  • Fitz

Jason & Iyare will no longer present on 1Xtra, but continue to work with the BBC via their independent production company On It Industries.

Via BBC Press Office


  • Bisoncb [Visitor]
    August 6, 2007 | Permalink | Reply

    Gzz kinda mad about that UKG probably made 1Xtra esp Heartless Crew UKG used to get peeps in then dropped just because it might not be trans Atlantic friendly! but hey hasn’t most of the best UK HipHop Mcs come from UKG in some form or another…! Kano, Dizzee, … sory cant keep my cool I got no respect for HIPHOP-UK Yankee Wannabes erm erm sorry …

    Bollox to unnu!

  • Dan [Visitor]
    August 24, 2007 | Permalink | Reply

    1xtra are losing the plot!! All they are doing is dropping UKG for the same hip hop & rnb that they play ALL DAY long! I was hoping there would be more UKG shows not less ūüôĀ Does this mean no more of the UKG chart then?

  • Dan [Visitor]
    August 24, 2007 | Permalink | Reply

    PS all this on what 1xtra are saying is the 10th birthday of UKG…what a great way to celebrate it

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