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Annie Nightingale Gives Helping Hand to New DJs

BBC Radio 1 has launched a new scholarship for female and non-binary dance music DJs, named after presenter Annie Nightingale, Class of 1958, who joined the station 50 years ago.

Annie, aged 81, says: “I was the first ever female DJ on Radio 1 and am now the longest-serving presenter of any gender.

“Ever since I began, I have wanted to help other young broadcasters passionate about music to achieve their dreams on the airwaves, and now we at Radio 1 are to put that on a proper footing.”

According to Radio 1: “The Annie Nightingale Presents Scholarship aims to celebrate and elevate talented women and non-binary people in the electronic music scene by providing them with a national platform to showcase their taste and expertise.”

Each year three recipients will appear in a special hour-long edition of Annie Nightingale Presents on Radio 1.

Aled Hayden Jones, head of Radio 1, adds: “It feels incredibly fitting to have a female dance icon like Annie Nightingale being able to uplift new and exciting DJs to the national stage. This has always been very close to Annie’s heart, so we’re pleased to be able to give her this annual opportunity to celebrate the newest ones to watch, and we’re looking forward to what they each bring to the show.”

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