Ben Cooper appointed new controller at BBC Radio 1 & BBC Radio 1Xtra | Music News


Ben Cooper has been appointed as the new controller of British national station BBC Radio 1 and digital station BBC Radio 1Xtra. Cooper becomes the station’s eighth controller since 1967 and has been deputy controller of the two stations since 2009 and has been in acting control since Andy Parfitt stepped down in July after 13 years.

Ben spoke to BBC Newsbeat after his appointment was announced and said: “This is a dream come true and I’m honoured to be leading the BBC’s youth music radio stations… [I] care deeply that Radio 1 & 1Xtra lead the way in shaping media consumption for young audiences in the UK.”

Cooper began his career in BBC local radio and was also a journalist at Three Counties Radio before becoming a producer at Radio 1. In addition to this, he spent time at Capital Radio as an executive producer, before returning to Radio 1 and during that time he hired the likes of Reggie Yates, Vernon Kay and Greg James. He takes up the position with immediate effect and will report to Tim Davie, Director of BBC Audio & Music.

“I am delighted to announce Ben Cooper as Controller of BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra,” Tim Davie said. “It is excellent to have someone of Ben’s calibre and experience to lead Radio 1 and keep the station as relevant, popular and distinctive as ever.

“Ben has an outstanding track record at Radio 1 and 1Xtra, where he has played an integral role in developing the quality and reach of both networks and I look forward to working with him in building Radio 1’s digital future.”