@bbcr1 in major schedule shake-up amid coronavirus spread

The ongoing coronavirus outbreak has affected the production and outbreak of many staple BBC shows in the past couple of weeks. However, it’s the airwaves will see some major scheduling changes in the next coming weeks in an attempt to minimise the risk to the presenters and production teams of the stations’ most popular programmes. 

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New government advice surrounding the spread of COVID-19 has caused the broadcaster to have to make some tough decisions. 

So far, shows such as Match Of The Day have been taken off the air completely, with BBC soap EastEnders halving the amount of episodes it airs per week. 

However, it isn’t limited to TV as some of the BBC's most popular radio offerings have also been affected.

Last week, it was announced Radio Four staple, The Archers, had stopped producing for the time being. 

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Now, it’s Radio 1 who will see a shake-up as the station announced there would be some big changes ahead. 

In an attempt to try and cut down the number of staff needed per show, the broadcaster is lengthening the running time of each daytime show. 

There will now only be four daily programmes instead of the usual five with some presenters rotating their slots each week.

Clara Amfo and Scott Mills will take it in turns to present the new 11-3pm slot each week. 

radio one mollie king maya jama greg jamesRadio One: Each daytime show will now be four hours long starting from next Monday (Image: GETTY)

The changes will commence from Monday 30 March with shows between 4am and 7pm now running for four hours. 

Aled Haydn Jones, Head of Programming at the station, said: “In these testing times I’ve made the decision to simplify our schedule to ensure the health of our teams, presenters and the network itself.

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