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Radio 1: The Shows


STRAIGHT-TO-THE-POINT-CUTTING Radio One newsarama consisting of a quick run through the headlines on the half-hour (“Radio Onnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnne…N’ws!”), with heavy slanting towards showbiz-orientated stories, while extended lunchtime and evening bulletins aimed at something more heavyweight, albeit with the ‘serious stuff’ still done and dusted in proto-Twitter ‘quick as you can’ extended sentences, underpinned by a seemingly endless loop of ‘keyboard bit’ from a recent synth-heavy chart hit. Much-desired gravitas was always undermined, however, by inane bookending banter between DJ and newsreader (“so Sybil, what are you going to have for us at 12.30?”). Birt-era upheaval saw gave rise to the not exactly iconic half-hour magazine show News 90, helmed by Sybil Ruscoe and Allan Robb. Most significant contribution to popular culture undoubtedly the travel report sting (“Beep Beep! Beep Beep! Yeah!”), which is indelibly burned onto the memory of many a generation.



  1. m smith

    August 21, 2010 at 11:05 am

    they have a laughable aggressive delivery, thinking that is the only way the youth will respect them.

  2. Matthew Harris

    February 29, 2020 at 3:06 pm

    “Radio 1 Newsbeat, I’m suspended.”

  3. Glenn Aylett

    June 19, 2021 at 3:24 pm

    The bulletin used James Alexander Gordon to do the headlines, to add some gravitas, before Laurie Mayer took over for the rest of the bulletin with a less serious tone. Interestingly, Newsbeat was the launchpad for the career of Radio 1 controller Trevor Bannister and for muso presenter Richard Skinner.

    • THX 1139

      June 19, 2021 at 7:25 pm

      Radio 1 Controller AND Mr Lucas in Are You Being Served?! Now that’s a CV…

      • Glenn Aylett

        June 20, 2021 at 1:31 pm

        Matthew Bannister, sorry, the so called hatchet man at Radio 1.

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