Radio 1 will mark International Women’s Day by broadcasting an all-female line-up of DJs for 12 hours on two consecutive days.
Radio 1 will air women presenters from 7pm to 7am on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th March, including Radio 1’s first ever female DJ and the station’s longest serving broadcaster, Annie Nightingale, as well as Annie Mac, B.Traits and Monki.
The DJs will also pick a selection of both established and emerging female artists and producers to champion throughout their shows. Madga, a Polish-born techno DJ, will broadcast and a special Essential Mix from Magda, in celebration of International Women's Day on March 8.
Annie Nightingale said: “I am looking forward to celebrating the array of specialist dance DJs on Radio 1, who are female. Gender is, welcomingly, not an issue nowadays when Radio 1 appoints new DJs and it has been demonstrably supportive of women.
“We all desire to be judged on our abilities alone in this very competitive field and we all thrive on the respect of our peer group, and our audiences.
“The line-up shows our individual styles and genres from garage, house, drum n bass, r&b, hip hop, trap, grime and techno, and we shall have a lot of fun over the weekend.”
The special line-ups follow the announcement that Gemma Cairney, the Radio 1 DJ won a 2013 Sony Radio Academy Gold Award for her documentary on teenage domestic violence, will move to a new early-morning weekday slot, preceding Nick Grimshaw’s Breakfast show.
Ben Cooper, Controller of BBC Radio 1, said: “It’s fantastic that Radio 1 and 1Xtra has such a wide range of female specialist DJs. We are committed to giving opportunities to the best DJs in the world and you are going to hear something very special to celebrate International Women’s Day.”
Friday 7th March 2014, BBC Radio 1
7-9pm Annie Mac
1-3am Essential Mix - Magda
3-5am Annie Nightingale
Saturday 8th March 2014 - International Women's Day, simulcast on BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra
7-9pm Sarah Jane Crawford
9-11pm Sian Anderson
11pm-1am Jamilla Edwards
1-3am Madam X
3-5am Claira Hermet
5-7am Adele Roberts