- 20 Apr 21
The Irish DJ will present her last show on the station this summer.
Annie Mac has announced that she's departing BBC Radio 1 after 17 years – with her last show set to take place on July 30.
In a statement shared on Twitter, the Irish DJ, presenter, podcaster and author noted that she's "still in awe of the magic of music radio. Of the responsibility of handling these songs that are so powerful they can stop you in your tracks and make your emotions soar."
"I have never not walked out of the studio feeling lighter and happier than when I walked in," she continues. "So why leave? It's all about time really. I need more time to see my kids in the evenings now they are both in school. I would like more time to write fiction and to create podcasts. I also love the idea of leaving the party – and make no mistake working at Radio 1 does feel like a party – with a huge smile on my face, when I'm still having the most fun I can have.
"I will be coming back to radio broadcasting when the time is right. For now though, I would like to say thank you.
"To the artists who have come on my shows, it is the most inspiring thing to have watched you grow into your art, harness your talent and take control of your careers. Thank you for sharing your stories with me.
"To the management at BBC Radio 1 for taking me on as a broadcast assistant back in 2002 and then giving a complete unknown her own show. To my Radio 1 show teams who have worked so hard and cared so much. To the brilliant motley crew of Radio 1 DJs from the past and present, thank you for inspiring me.
"And most importantly," she concludes, "to each and every one of you who tuned in to my shows. In my time on Radio 1, I have fallen in and out of love, moved homes, climbed up the career ladder, got married and become a mother twice over, alongside you doing your versions of the same. Thank you for allowing me into your lives. Thank you for brightening my days. Thank you thank you thank you for listening."
Read her full statement below:
— Annie Mac (@anniemacmanus) April 20, 2021
Annie Mac is also set to release her debut novel, Mother Mother, on May 27.
Published under her full name, Annie MacManus, her novel is described as "a powerful coming-of-age novel and an intimate family study."
Many artists have shared their well-wishes online, following Annie Mac's announcement this morning.
"Thank you for everything Annie!" AJ Tracey wrote. "You've always supported me so much and you're one of the nicest and most genuine people I've ever had the pleasure of being on (and off) air with. All the best with your new chapter."
"You'll he missed!" Bombay Bicycle Club added. "Thank you for not only introducing the world to so much new music but also for being the most empathetic interview on radio."
Years & Years' Olly Alexander described her as "the greatest", while CamelPhat also thanked her for her support: "You literally put us on the map!!! Enjoy your me time & we look forward to seeing you soon for a pint."