Mollie King lands solo Radio 1 show in BBC shake-up

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Mollie King is getting a new Radio 1 show. (BBC/Sarah Louise Bennett)

Mollie King has been given her own solo BBC Radio 1 show in a shake-up at the station that sees her take on new duties hunting out fresh pop talent.

The former Saturdays singer already co-presents a weekend afternoon show with Matt Edmondson, but now she is set to add in new show Future Pop on Thursday nights.

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King said: "It’s hard to put into words just how unbelievably honoured and excited I am to be launching and presenting Radio 1’s Future Pop!

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 08: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY)  Mollie King attends The BRIT Awards 2022 at The O2 Arena on February 08, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage )
Mollie King will also keep her weekend show. (Samir Hussein/WireImage )

"As a lifelong complete pop fanatic I am going to adore every single minute of pushing through new and up and coming pop acts. I’ve been on the other side and know just how much it means to have your music supported on the radio and being given the platform, so I can’t wait to search far and wide to find the best pop talent out there.

"The 15 year old in me, who wrote endlessly to record labels asking to do work experience and make the teas and coffees is crying inside! It’s a real dream come true!"

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Future Pop is set to launch in September this year and will air on Thursday evenings from 8pm to 10pm.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Mollie King and Matt Edmondson attends The BRIT Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on February 18, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Mollie King and Matt Edmondson co-host on weekends. (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

Head of Radio 1 Aled Haydn Jones has also announced a shake-up of various other shows at the station which will come into effect from September.

Monday nights will be dedicated to rock and alternative music, with new presenter Alyx Holcombe joining the rock line-up with BBC Introducing Rock, followed by Nels Hylton with Future Alternative.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 16: DJ Target attends BBC Radio 1 Out Out! Live 2021 at Wembley Arena on October 16, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Burak Cingi/Redferns)
DJ Target is heading back to 1Xtra. (Burak Cingi/Redferns)

Charlie Tee will also join as the first female regular presenter of the Drum & Bass Show, with Holcombe, Hylton and Tee all having been discovered through the station's Christmas Takeover scheme which offers new radio presenting talent the chance to shine over the festive period.

The Drum & Bass Show's current presenter René LaVice will leave to spend more time on his label, while DJ Target will take his Saturday night 1Xtra Takeover show back to airing just on 1Xtra.

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