In late July, when the news broke of the imminent end of Mary Anne Hobbs’s Experimental Show, a large part of the international electronic music community was in a state of resounding shock. After 14 years on air, Hobbs decided to put an end to her BBC show and focus her efforts on projects other than the radio. Many were those who lamented her absence, throwing out a question which only now has an answer. Who could take up her role as a tracker—and staunch defender—of new sounds and talents on the avant-garde electronic music scene?
The BBC has laid it’s bets. Aware of Hobbs’s relevance in the radio station’s programming, they have made a safe choice. With this tweet, Benji B announced his transfer to BBC Radio 1. His programme BBC Radio 1Xtra will go on 10th October. Four days later, he will start a new programme on Radio 1, on Thursdays from 2am to 4am, the spot Experimental Show will vacate after Hobb’s send off show next Thursday 8th September. We hear there will be special guests for the occasion.