Who is Fearne Cotton's replacement on BBC Radio 1? Clara Amfo!

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Clara Amfo will take over Fearne Cotton's show on BBC Radio 1.

Fearne announced today that she was leaving the station after ten years on air and DJ Clara Amfo will take over the reigns of Radio 1's Live Lounge show between 10am and 1pm on weekdays.

Clara Amfo at world Premiere of 'The Inbetweeners 2' held at Vue Cinema West End, 2014

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Clara Amfo.

A delighted Clara said: "I am honoured and thrilled to be presenting such a huge show on Radio 1. The broadcasters who have gone before me have left an impressive trail and I hope to carry that on.

"Doing this job is an absolute joy and to now have the opportunity to broadcast Monday to Friday is something that I am so grateful for. I can't wait to introduce a Live Lounge artist for the first time!"

In a statement, Radio 1 said Clara would "bring a fresh voice combined with natural energy, enthusiasm and knowledge of music to the morning show which frequently hosts sessions from the biggest musicians in the world."

Clara will continue to host The Official Chart as well as her new weekday show, but will step down from the Weekend Breakfast Show on 1Xtra on Sunday, 17 May. She will be replaced by Ace.

Fearne Cotton, Radio 1's Big Weekend Glasgow - Arrivals - Day 2, 23 May 2014


Fearne is leaving Radio 1 after ten years.

Many fans were shocked at Fearne's announcement.

She said today in a blog post: "After much time and careful thought I have decided to leave Radio 1 after ten amazing years. I have had the most incredible decade broadcasting on Radio 1, meeting wonderful people, helping break artists and watching live music from the world's best. However it is now time for a new chapter.

"I would like to thank Radio 1 for being such a great home and most of all to the listeners who have been on this journey with me. It's such a kick to know you heard a band on my show first, or that the songs I've played have helped you through the day, so thank you. I will leave with the best memories and many great friends. Here's to family and new adventures."

Fearne also announced at the same time she's pregnant with her second child.

Her final show will be Friday, 22 May.

Ben Cooper, Controller, BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra said: "Fearne has been an amazing ambassador for new music and Radio 1, and we want to wish her and her family all the very best for the future. I'm also so excited for Clara, as she represents the next generation of Radio 1 DJs bringing the best new music to young audiences in the UK."

It's all change at Radio 1!

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