Mary Anne Hobbs has posted a statement online indicating that she is set to resign from her slot at XFM.
Mary Anne Hobbs has led a fascinating - if curious - career. A teenage writer with the NME, she championed the nascent grunge scene before entering broadcasting. With her Radio 1 show, Hobbs helped to champion bass music: profiling dubstep when it was a relatively unknown quantity, and helping to launch the careers of countless producers.
Heading to XFM earlier this year, Mary Anne Hobbs took charge of a prime time show and was able to mix underground talent with mainstream success stories. Sadly, it seems that the broadcaster is set to depart for pastures new, posting a statement online this morning (November 1st) to announce her departure from the station.
The statement in full.
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I have some news..
I've resigned from Xfm and I’m leaving on Thursday November 1st.
I’d like to say thank you with all my heart to everyone who has spent some time listening to the shows. Incidentally, we have just recorded our highest listening figures ever, which I’m thrilled about.
We’ve had an incredible year.
Music: Response was nominated twice, for Best Specialist Show, at the radio industry's most prestigious Awards, the Sony's and Arqivas.
But the most exciting element for me, has been the opportunity to champion artists as gifted as Ben Howard, Jake Bugg, Lianne La Havas, many of whom have had Top 10 success with their debut records and are changing people's lives. I’d like to thank all of the artists who have contributed wonderful music, live sessions and interviews to Music: Response.
With the Saturday show, we made history by putting the electronic music that I love so much on a Primetime platform for the very first time ever on radio, something I’ve always wanted to prove could be done. Much love and maximum respect to Blawan, Happa, Thefft and all the genius next generation producers who lit-up the show.
I want to thank my assistant Sam Davies for all his hard work this year. He came to the show directly from Work Experience. I had so much belief in him and he's become a superb asset to Xfm.
We bow out 8pm - 11pm November 1st with a 'Best Of' show featuring all-star interviews, sessions and music from some of our favourite artists of the year, and my special guest, supernaturally gifted George Ezra. I'd love it if you could join us.