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Support DJ Flight to replace Mary Anne Hobbs

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Mary Anne Hobbs, the broadcaster and DJ, and a notable early champion of Dubstep, recently announced that she would be leaving her show on BBC Radio 1 on the 8th/9th September 2010. The best candidate to replace her is DJ Flight. Although emerging in the Drum n Bass scene, Flight’s interests span a variety of musical genres; her DJ sets incorporate an array of deep electronic music. When Flight’s previous show on BBC Radio 1Xtra was cancelled – despite relatively high audience figures and much critical acclaim – to make way for more mainstream content, there was a strong outcry from DJs and music fans across the globe. Much like Mary Anne Hobbs, she has always been, and remains, a strong supporter of emerging new producers and DJs. Her broadcasting style is knowledgeable but not preachy; it is relaxed but strongly charismatic. She plays fine music without prejudice. She has the ability to combine accessible tracks with more edgy content. She is precisely the kind of DJ a public service broadcaster should have in its fold. Let’s ask the BBC to bring DJ Flight to Radio 1, to continue Mary Anne Hobbs’ traditions, and – as both would want – to push the show forward to find the future sound of electronic music. Please sign this petition. If you wish, please copy and paste the below and email it to the Controller of Radio 1, Andy Parfitt: Subject: FAO Andy Parfitt - BBC Radio 1 Experimental Dear Mr Parfitt, I was very sad to hear that Mary Anne Hobbs is leaving the BBC and her ‘Experimental’ show on Radio 1. Over the years Mary Anne Hobbs has shown herself to be a pioneer in, and a sincere champion of, genres of music so often overlooked by mainstream broadcasters. As a licence-fee payer and an avid listener to electronic music, I very much hope that the show will continue and strongly recommend that DJ Flight be selected as the new host. DJ Flight is an excellent broadcaster; she is highly respected by electronic music fans across the world; and, I feel, is the best person to continue Ms Hobbs’ practice of bringing the most exciting new talent to the fore. Yours,

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