BBC Radio 1’s Christmas presenter takeover returns for 2022

Radio 1’s Christmas Takeover is back for 2022 and the station is now asking for demos and applications via its website.

Launched in 2019 as an initiative created by Head of BBC Radio 1, Aled Haydn Jones, it provides a springboard for emerging presenters working to carve out careers in national radio, with many of the guests presenters going on to achieve major successes across the industry.

To date, eight of the former guest presenters have landed permanent slots on Radio 1, most recently with Dean McCullough and Vicky Hawkesworth – from the 2020 search – being announced as the new presenters of the afternoon 1pm – 3.30pm show.

Applications for this year close at midnight on Thursday 22 September. Radio 1 want to hear from DJs and presenters with previous radio experience, be it in community, hospital, student or local radio.

As in previous years, budding presenters can apply by uploading a demo for review.

Aled Haydn Jones, Head of Radio 1, says: “Since its launch in 2019, Radio 1’s Christmas Takeover has provided a platform for some of the UK’s most exciting, undiscovered radio presenters and has enabled huge successes both within Radio 1 and elsewhere in national radio, which is testament to the importance and power of this initiative.

“We’re proud to have discovered some incredible talent within the past three years and look forward to seeing what this next round brings.”