Scott Mills is to step down from his BBC Radio 1 weekday show after 24 years on the network – and take over from Steve Wright on BBC Radio 2 in a few months’ time.
The 49-year-old DJ has hosted various shows on Radio 1 since 1998.
But it has been announced that Mills will move to Radio 2 for a new weekday show in Wright’s 2-4pm slot. Wright currently broadcasts until 5 p.m.
As part of Radio 2’s schedule changes, Sarah Cox’s current 5-7pm show will be extended by an hour, starting at 4pm.
Mills and his co-host Chris Stark enlisted Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi to break the news that they were leaving the radio station in a heartfelt video on social media.
The DJ hosts shared a joint post on their Instagram, including a video of Capaldi saying: “I was asked to do this for them and sadly I’m afraid it’s true that Scott Mills and Chris Stark will be leaving Radio 1.
“Which is a shame, I know you’re all shouting on the TV or the radio, I should probably say throwing things.”
He added: “It’s a shame, I’ll miss the boys, they’ve been a big help and tool in my career.”
The 25-year-old singer reassured fans in the clip that “everything will be fine” and that the situation will be explained during their show on Monday.
Wright, 67, announced on Friday that he would be stepping down from his BBC Radio 2 afternoon show at the end of September after 23 years live on air.
He revealed that his boss “wanted to do something different in the afternoons”.
Toward the end of the program, he said, “Let me interrupt for a moment to make an announcement. I’m going to try not to get emotional or self-absorbed, that’s going to be a little difficult.
“At the end of September I will be taking a break from daytime radio. In other words, I will withdraw from this program.
“At the start of this year my friend and boss Helen Thomas, head of Radio 2, said she wanted to do something different in the afternoons.
“I’ve been doing this program for 24 years on Radio 2 and how can I complain? The support and creative freedom I’m given is fantastic at Radio 2 and I really can’t hold the slot forever. So let’s give someone else a go.
“The great news is onward and upward. I’m staying at the BBC and Radio 2 to do some very exciting brand new digital projects and develop new podcasts, some of which will actually include elements of that Steve Wright program in the afternoon.
“In any case, everything will become clear in the next few months because we are staying on this program until the autumn.
He added that he would still present Love Songs every Sunday on Radio 2, along with doing seasonal specials also on Radio 2 and BBC Sounds, and Serious Jokin’ no G would be heard on BBC Sounds and Radio 2.
“I have so much work to do and I’m a happy bunny but I know when it’s time in the fall to say goodbye to this show and I’m going to miss you, but trust me, you’re going to be in good hands,” he added.
The veteran DJ has presented Steve Wright on Radio 2 Afternoons since 1999 and also presents Steve Wright’s Sunday Love Songs on the network.
He will continue to host the daytime show until September.
Meanwhile, Mills, who began his career as a DJ at his local radio station in Hampshire, hosted the BBC Radio 1 breakfast show until 2004 before moving to a weekend afternoon slot for six months.
He currently hosts The Scott Mills Show on Radio 1 between 1pm and 4pm, alongside co-host Stark, who will also step down from his current role.
Former Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw described Mills and Stark as “true Radio 1 legends” following the news that they would be leaving the station this year.
Grimshaw who bid farewell to the station last summer after 14 years with the BBCtweeted: “Big fan of these two.
“Absolutely top notch at what they do and I would almost run to work to see them in real life every day.
“True legends of Radio 1 and only the best guys. Love you @scott_mills & @Chris_Stark thank you for all hahahaha.’
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