BBC Radio 1 confirm Dev Griffin, Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart exits as all three replaced

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Dev Griffin, Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart have all been revealed to be leaving their respective BBC Radio 1 shows at the end of 2020 as five new presenters are brought in to join the broadcaster. Huw has been part of the Radio 1 family for 21 years while Dev, who also appeared on Strictly Come Dancing, said he’s “ready for a new challenge”.

Confirming the news, BBC Radio 1’s new boss Aled Haydn Jones said: “Dev, Huw and Phil have been incredibly valuable members of the Radio 1 family over the years.

“They are all excellent broadcasters and I’m pleased we’ll be hearing more from Huw and Phil elsewhere on BBC Radio.

“I’d like to thank each of them for their contribution to Radio 1 and wish them all the best for the future.”

Huw, who has fronted BBC Music Introducing, commented he’d “loved every minute of my 21 years broadcasting on Radio 1″.

Huw will remain part of BBC Radio with shows on BBC Radio Cymru and 6 Music.

“Thanks Radio 1 for letting me be a part of your story, for letting me play new music and introduce new artists to a lovely audience,” he remarked.

“I’ve always tried to give music the respect it deserves, and I’ve loved every minute of my 21 years broadcasting on Radio 1.”

Meanwhile, Dev told his fans: “Being a DJ on Radio 1 for the past 11 years and 1Xtra for 7 years has been a childhood dream come true and it’s been a huge part of my life.

“I have made some amazing memories and even better friends. It’s been an absolute privilege and a pleasure to waffle and entertain so many listeners but I’m ready for some new challenges.

“My last show on Radio 1 will be on the 20th of December! Thank you for listening.”

Finally, Phil said of his exit: “Thanks Radio 1 for letting me be a part of your story, for letting me play new music and introduce new artists to a lovely audience.

“I’ve always tried to give music the respect it deserves, and I’ve loved every minute of my 21 years broadcasting on Radio 1.”

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