Chuckie to replace DJ Ace on the BBC Radio 1Xtra R&B Show

DJ Ace is leaving 1Xtra after 21 years as Chuckie is lined up to replace him on the R&B Show.

Ace joined 1Xtra in 2002 and has since hosted a number of shows across the network from Weekend Breakfast to the 1Xtra Live Lounge show. His last show will be on Saturday 20 January 2024.

In the interim until Chuckie takes over, British boyband No Guidnce will host the show for four weeks from Saturday 27 January.

Ace says: “After two decades, various daytime slots and over 10,000 hours on air I’ve decided it’s time to move on. I’ve loved my time at 1Xtra and have so many proud moments to reflect on. I’m very thankful for all the opportunities I have had.”

London born Chuckie is a podcast host who started his DJing career at the age of 12 and has since performed at venues across the world.

Chuckie says: “This is a very surreal and sensational moment for me. I’m very grateful to be a part of the 1Xtra team and I’m looking forward to creating some high quality musical moments with the listeners.”

Faron McKenzie, Head of BBC Radio 1Xtra, says: “I’m really excited to welcome Chuckie to station, he has an incredible passion and love for R&B as well as huge amounts of knowledge on the genre. I can’t wait to see what he does with the show.

“Ace has been a hugely important part of 1Xtra and has given everything to the station for the past 21 years. He’s helped to define 1Xtra and its audience and has been an incredible radio talent. I’d like to thank him for everything that he’s done and wish him the very best for the future.”

It was also announced earlier in the year that Birmingham native DJ Day Day will join the network to present 1Xtra’s weekday 10am – 1pm show which will broadcast from the Mailbox in Birmingham from 22 January 2024. Ace will broadcast his final weekday show on Friday 29 December 2023.