He will now host the Thursday 2am-4am slot on the station, with his first show taking place on October 14. His final Radio 1Xtra show will be on Sunday, October 10.
A press release quoted Benji B as saying: “I’ve loved every minute of my eight years at 1Xtra and am delighted to be given this incredible opportunity. I can’t wait to bring the essence of my Sunday night show and my loyal audience to my new Radio 1 programme.”
After 14 years at Radio 1 Hobbs has accepted a new job teaching and mentoring students at the University of Sheffield’s Union of Students, radio station, TV station and newspaper.
Hobbs championed the sound of dubstep and provided a vital platform for artists in that genre (and many others) to reach a wider audience.