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DJ Ace to leave BBC Radio 1Xtra after 21 years

After 21 years at 1Xtra, DJ Ace has decided to step down from his R&B show and leave the station.

Ace joined 1Xtra in 2002 and has hosted a number of shows on the station from Weekend Breakfast to the 1Xtra Live Lounge show. Over the years, he has interviewed many global superstars such as Alicia Keys, Usher, Lizzo and John Legend.

Ace says: “After two decades, various daytime slots and over 10,000 hours on air I’ve decided it’s time to move on. I’ve loved my time at 1Xtra and have so many proud moments to reflect on. I’m very thankful for all the opportunities I have had.”

London born Chuckie has been named as the new host of 1Xtra’s R&B Show Saturdays, 11pm-12.30am. He is an established podcast host and DJ specialising in R&B.

His DJing career began at the age of 12 and he has performed at venues across the world. He more recently started his broadcasting career launching an award-winning podcast (HCPod) and YouTube series (The Cheque Up), where he has interviewed guests including Ed Sheeran, Maya Jama, Kranium and Stormzy.

Chuckie says: “This is a very surreal and sensational moment for me. I’m very grateful to be a part of the 1Xtra team and I’m looking forward to creating some high-quality musical moments with the listeners.”

Ace’s last R&B show will be on Saturday 20 January and Chuckie will start on Saturday 24 February. In the interim until Chuckie takes over, No Guidnce will host the show for four weeks. British boyband, No Guidnce, have been making waves in the music industry with their soulful harmonies reminiscent of old school R&B.

Faron McKenzie, Head of BBC Radio 1Xtra, says: “I’m really excited to welcome Chuckie to station, he has an incredible passion and love for R&B as well as huge amounts of knowledge on the genre. I can’t wait to see what he does with the show.

“Ace has been a hugely important part of 1Xtra and has given everything to the station for the past 21 years. He’s helped to define 1Xtra and its audience and has been an incredible radio talent. I’d like to thank him for everything that he’s done and wish him the very best for the future.”

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