Mary Anne Hobbs has joined BBC 6 Music, presenting the Weekend Breakfast Show.
The move comes almost exactly a month after Hobbs announced her resignation from Xfm. Known affectionately as MAH, Hobbs began her career in the early 1990s, presenting the Rock Show on Radio 1, and later finding her niche as host of the Experimental slot on the same station. An early champion of dubstep, Hobbs’ Experimental Show was an essential listen for much of the UK’s dance music community, and was sent off in 2010 with a closing guest mix by Kode9 and Burial.
At Xfm, Hobbs gave electronic music arguably its most high-profile radio slot, with her Saturday night show broadcasting from 7pm-10pm (compare that to the 1am slot her Radio 1 Experimental Show held, for instance), and upon leaving the station she remarked that “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”.
In a new post on Hobbs’ blog, she reveals that she’s “delighted” to be joining BBC 6, and will be presenting the all-new Weekend Breakfast Show on Saturdays and Sundays, 7am-10am. The show’s first edition will be broadcast on January 5, 2013.
“For me: Music Is Life”, Hobbs continues. “I’m so excited to join a family with such depth and diversity of knowledge, pure passion and ingenuity. I look forward so much to the challenge of creating beautiful new programmes which embody the whole Spirit Of 6 and allow me to explore my passion for arts and culture on some fascinating new radio terrain.”
Hobbs isn’t the only broadcaster to make the switch from Radio 1 to BBC 6 Music of late: last year saw Gilles Peterson make the same move.