Tim Westwood is to stop presenting his weekday BBC Radio 1Xtra drivetime appearance afterwards three years, as allotment of a agenda reshuffle aimed to accompany in adolescent presenters that will see the adept hip-hop DJ get a beginning Sunday night appearance on the agenda radio station.
Westwood, who will abide to host his Saturday night appearance advertisement on Radio 1 and 1Xtra, will stop presenting the 4pm to 7pm drivetime aperture on BBC 1Xtra from September.
The 54-year-old abreast his 262,000 Twitter followers on Twitter that the base had "sacked" him.
"I've been sacked from 1Xtra Mon-Fri 4-7pm from sept #Westwoodyourfired," he tweeted on Thursday. "It's official I've absent my afternoon articulation due to agenda changes I will not be presentin 1Xtra Mon-Fri 4-7pm from Sept".
The changes are allotment of an accomplishment to advance 1Xtra's adolescence profile, the boilerplate adviser age is 26, and blurred the adviser demographic of Radio 1 whose admirers averages 31.
"Tim has done a abundant job over the years, but it's time for a beginning bearing of presenters on the base to accumulate things beginning and accordant to our adolescent audience," said a source.
"It's been a lot of fun and a abundant experience," said Westwood.
Westwood's drivetime aperture will be taken over by twentysomething presenter Charlie Sloth while 21-year old Yasmin Evans, a artefact of 1Xtra's pilot scheme, will get her aboriginal able at civic radio demography on presenting duties for the station's weekend breakfast show.
"As 1Xtra nears its 10th altogether it is abundant to be affable a beginning bearing of presenters to the base who will booty on the billy of advancement the best in burghal music for a adolescent audience," said Ben Cooper, ambassador of BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra. "Tim has accepted to be one of the best affecting abstracts in UK hip-hop and I'm captivated that he will abide to accompany his abundance of ability and different appearance to Radio 1 and 1Xtra beyond the weekends".
The BBC additionally said as allotment of the changes it is additionally putting a cardinal of its radio programmes out to breakable to absolute assembly companies.
The breakable action is allotment of the BBC Audio & Music division's ambition of accepting a 10% absolute assembly allocation by 2012/13. Seven programmes will be put out to tender.