BBC 1Xtra announces today that Tim Westwood is to host their weekday drive time show.Westwood, who already presents hip-hop shows on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, will take up the reins of the 4.00-7.00pm weekday show from 28 September 2009.Director of BBC Radio and, until recently, controller of Radio 1, Matthew Bannister, 40, was born in Sheffield.After studying law at university he landed a job in BBC local radio as a reporter and presenter; by the early Nineties he had become the man chosen by John Birt to shake up the image of R1.I didn't know whether I was going to get on with him because I sort of fell over the visual image. At first I thought ours couldn't possibly be anything other than a business relationship. A lot of people who come to you for work are there to sell themselves and their abilities.
My thing is the relationship with the music and with the artists and, bottom line, with the audience - that keeps my energy level to where it's at." Ben Cooper, Deputy Controller, 1Xtra, says: "Securing Westwood for daytime on 1Xtra is exciting for us."He's a brilliant broadcaster and will bring a lot of energy, passion and music knowledge to his new show." Westwood takes over from Ace & Vis who move to a new weekend show (4.00-7.00pm) on the station.His close relationship with world hip-hop’s biggest names, let it be Public Enemy to Jay-Z, who recognized the influence Westwood wielded over fans, delivered many exclusives for the BBC.The winner of the 2010 Radio Academy John Peel Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, Westwood could polish a new career broadcasting thanks to his loyal fan base. A model I think a lot more club nights should get down with.” “Music is my passion, this is my love, and this is all I do.