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Vick Hope Joins BBC Radio 1


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From Sunday 6th September on BBC Radio 1, Vick Hope will join Katie Thistleton on Life Hacks (Sundays, 4-6pm), and The Official Chart: First Look (Sundays, 6-7pm), providing the earliest possible glance at the Official Singles Chart for the following week.

Since beginning her broadcasting career aged just 19, Newcastle-born Vick has made her mark across the TV and radio industry, counting presenting roles across MTV, ITV and Channel 4 among her achievements, as well as appearing on Strictly Come Dancing. Most recently, Vick spent three years as co-host of Capital FM’s breakfast show.

Vick Hope said: “Joining the BBC Radio 1 family is an absolute dream come true. I grew up listening to Radio 1 religiously, and am honoured to present Life Hacks, a show that is so important to me and so many listeners.

“Right back since the days of The Surgery, I have loved listening to this weekly platform which so openly, honestly and thoroughly discusses issues affecting young people: from mental health and grief to education and careers, sex and relationships to racism.

“Above all, Life Hacks is a community, a space where, whatever is going on in your life, you can know you’re not alone. I am excited to be a part of continuing to build this community of support and advice and look forward to turning my hand to hosting The Official Chart: First Look too.”

Cel Spellman, who made his debut on the station in 2014, will be leaving Life Hacks and The Official Chart: First Look at the end of August to focus on his other broadcasting and acting commitments, though he will remain a part of the BBC Radio 1 family.

Cel Spellman added: “If you had told me when I first covered the Sunday afternoon slot in 2014 what would follow, I wouldn’t have believed you. I still can’t quite believe it, yet here we are.

“Getting to share my Sunday afternoon with the Radio 1 listeners for the last five years has been one of my greatest privileges, joys and achievements. I can’t wait to live out this next chapter of my career, continuing being a part of the Radio 1 family whilst also being able to focus and dedicate more time to my acting, broadcasting and social action commitments and ambitions. Peace and love.”

Aled Haydn Jones, who was recently appointed Head of BBC Radio 1, also commented: “We’re delighted to welcome the incredibly talented Vick to Radio 1, and we can’t wait for the listeners to see what she’ll bring to both Life Hacks and The Official Chart: First Look. We’d also like to thank Cel for his valuable contribution to both shows, and I’m pleased he’ll be remaining a part of the Radio 1 family.”