Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart leave Radio 1


Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart leave Radio 1


Huw Stephens has left Radio 1 after 15 years, with Phil Taggart departing after a decade.

Taggart and Stephens have been voices of Radio 1’s specialist shows, with Edwards taking a brief stint on weekends too.

Both are expected to take on new radio projects with Stephens continuing his presenting on 6 Music and Radio Cymru, and Taggart planning a new venture for his love of chilled music.

Announcing his departure, Stephens commented: “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.”

Taggart said: “Radio 1 gave me a platform to share my music taste, new discoveries, emerging scenes and most importantly support artists at that early stage of their career. It let me speak one to one with the audience. I am happy to have represented Northern Irish people on the BBC. Someone put on some montage music I am going for a slow walk out the door. Thanks to everyone who I’ve worked with and who listened.”

Aled Haydn Jones, Head of BBC Radio 1, 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.”

It comes after Dev announced his departure the day before.