We’re so sorry Internet fans, but your weekly dosage of digital stars on the radio has come to an end. Announced in the last couple of weeks, the BBC have officially pulled The Internet Takeover from their regular Radio 1 slot on Mondays in place of a new show, The Studio Radio Playlist. This comes as a big blow to the YouTube community.
Succeeded from the Dan and Phil Show back in January 2013, The Internet Takeover has seen the likes of Zoe Sugg, Benjamin Cook, Luke Cutforth, Troye Sivan, Carrie Hope Fletcher, Dodie Clark and more get behind the radio mic and share the love with us every week from 9pm to 10pm. It’s not all bad news though Team Internet, because Rhys Hughes, the Head of Programmes for Radio 1 and 1Xtra, said that Dan and Phil will forever “remain a part of the Radio 1 family”. Ouch.
In a press release on the official BBC website, Rhys talks more about the move into student curated playlists, saying that he was “delighted that Radio 1 can offer the opportunity for 12 student radio stations to showcase the best of their curatorial and mixing talent with these themed playlist programmes”. The new show begins in May 2016 with a 12-week running in the regular slot, meaning that the final Internet Takeover will air on Monday the 25th of April.
Since the announcement, barely any of the YouTube creators involved with the project have spoke out about the cancellation. So far only Benjamin Cook and some fan accounts have spoke emotionally on the subject via Twitter, but we’ll keep this article updated if anybody else shares their remorse or thoughts on the axing. To be honest, we just want to see Dan and Phil say goodbye to a radio show they’ve supported for so long.