Tim Westwood to leave Radio 1 after nearly 20 years

Tim Westwood is set to leave Radio 1 after almost 20 years at the station. Credit: EMPICS Entertainment

DJ Tim Westwood is set to leave Radio 1 after almost 20 years as part of a shake up of the station's schedule.

The 55-year-old - affectionately known as Big Dawg - currently hosts a two-hour Saturday night show, broadcast on Radio 1 and 1Xtra.

Radio 1 controller Ben Cooper paid tribute to Westwood's 20 years service: "I'd like to thank Tim for the last 20 years on Radio 1. His passion for hip hop is legendary. I wish him all the very best."

The Presenter was injured in a drive-by shooting in south London in 1999 after a gunman opened fire on his stationary Range Rover.

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