BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra Interns

BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra Interns

Jaguar: Early mornings, Gemma Cairney, and Coffeeeeee!

Soooooo I’ve just finished working on Gemma Cairney’s show for the week which meant coming into work at 5AM and 3:45AM today (!!!!).

Admittedly, I felt like someone had smashed my alarm clock into my skull when I had to get up at 3AM this morning and was filled with both horror and despair at how unnaturally early it was:


All I can say is thank da Loooord for coffee. I’ve started documenting my caffeine intake on a ‘Coffee Count’ chart I made. I wonder how many I will have consumed by the end of the 8 weeks!

However, as soon as I got to the studio, and the electronic housey vibes of the previous show hit me, I felt alive again. The rush being at Radio 1 gives you is the best wake up call you can get, and soon enough, I was laughing away those early morning blues with Gemma and Producer Rhodri!

I’ve had the most incredible time working on this show, Gemma is hilarious to work with and her bubbly, fun-loving character is contagious!

We had a little chat about Mr Motivator, some 90’s dude in pink lycra on-air this morning which was both ridiculous and surreal! You can check it out here!

Despite it having been a long week, I refreshed and uplifted after working on her show!

                                                Big up ICE GEM!


Intern Ore Update

Why hello there beautiful human’s of the interweb. It’s feels like agessssss since I last posted on here, so I thought I’d give you a little update on what I’ve been up to. 

It’s my third week here at Radio 1 & 1Xtra and I’m having the time of my life! (trust me, they didn’t pay me to say that..) I’ve always wanted to work for Radio 1 and I’m still finding this experience somewhat surreal, but hey I’m here, I’m having fun and I’m learning new things everyday! 

So all the interns have been assigned shows to work on for the next two weeks, and I have been paired up with the very lovable Scott Mills.(I honestly love that man and it’s fair to say he’s somewhat of a radio legend!) I’ve already witnessed the infamous radio feature known as “Innuendo Bingo” live, and my God it gets wet! Literally water EVERYWHERE!! I really don’t know how this managed to pass the BBC risk assessment…

The amount of preparation that goes into making a daytime show is crazy and Scott’s team are a real creative bunch. Maybe I’ll give you another update by the end of the week…

If you’ve never watched Innuendo Bingo, then this video is for you. I was somewhere in the studio, politely out of shot… 



Today Jilly and Jaguar bonded with Ella Eyre over cats, big hair… and swimming caps at the incredible BBC Maida Vale Studios!

…We also met the Beatles…



This morning Jaguar and a pink-onesied Ore have ‘Sofa Time’ with Glen from The Script. 

We talked Tinder, awkward encounters at urinals and superheroes…

Steven Spielberg eat your heart out. Hamza gets behind the lens for our new video. 

Steven Spielberg eat your heart out. Hamza gets behind the lens for our new video. 



First of our many interviews for our *hushhush* on-going video project ‘When The Interns Met…’ 

Stay tuned!

Meet The Interns (July - Aug 2014)

Meet(Right To Left) Hamza, Jaguar, Jilly, Ore 

Hamza: Yoooo, Hamza here, no one likes a long intro so ill keep short and sweet. I currently run my own radio show and have been building up this brand for the last 5 years.  Were most known for our grime freestyle videos on Youtube but span over Soundcloud, Blogs etc as well. I’m also a rapper in the upcoming hip hop collective Lucid Drift so love all creative aspects of music + the organisational and editing side of things. I’ll be working on Mistajam’s show + with the visualisation team so watch this space because there’s BIG THINGS TO COME!!

Jaguar: Yo, I’m Jaguar (like the cat not the car), a student at Leeds uni. I didn’t realise how intense my love for radio was until I joined Student Radio last year and began presenting and producing my own show: Dangerous Jag.I’ll be working on Gemma Cairney’s and Sarah-Jane Crawford’s shows on R1 and 1Xtra and CANNOT WAIT! Currently loving life with these guys at R1 - although in this photo we do resemble some cringey 90’s band… 

Jilly:  I’m Jilly, I’m from Belfast and I’ve just finished my second year of English at Uni. It has to be said, as summer jobs go, interning at R1 seems a pretty sweet deal… 

Ore:Why hello there, My name is Ore (Yes, it is spelled like that famous biscuit brand lols.) Right, let’s get the boring stuff out of the way; I’m 18 years old, I blog for various websites, I do a bit of presenting, I’ve literally just finished College and I’ve somehow managed to blag myself this job at Radio 1 and 1Xtra. Music is life, I literally heart music and I’m incredibly passionate about Radio! For the next 2 months I’m working here and you can follow my journey on this Tumblr! (Don’t we look a little bit like Liberty X? HOOOOOOOOOOOOO *Ala Scott Mills*)   

So this is it! The Take it On Scheme has come to an end for us today. We just had our goodbye donuts which were both really yummy and really sad.

These last two weeks I have been with the marketing team, although a lot of my time has been taken up by my Newsbeat research project and all the crying I’ve been doing, realising it’s the imminent end of the 8 weeks.

It’s been an amazing experience, one that I probably should have documented better on this tumblr than I have. Luckily the Jo’s have been much better.

Good luck to all those who apply to be in the next group!


The End

 Hi Everyone, Intern Joanne here. This is my last week – last day – with the very cool music team, selecting the future tunes that you’ll be listening to. And what the future holds for me, I don’t know. But what I do know is I’ve had a fantastic, amazing 8 weeks.

If you are going to do this internship my one piece of advice is to be keen, ask, ask and don’t stop asking. Big ups to all the teams, everyone is so friendly.

Until the next time,


Last Day :(

I cannot believe today is my last day and my last post.
I’ll be finishing off this week working on Sarah Jane’s show which has been a blast and I’ve learnt a lot from working with the Assistant Producer and Producer and it has been a great show to finish on.

Also myself and the other interns have been working on a little video project that we were set which we all filmed and I finished editing today, even though it was a short project it was a lot of fun and took me back to my Uni days.

I just wanted to say a big Thank You to the BBC and the Take It On Scheme, this whole opportunity has been a fantastic experience and something I will never forget. From the moment I got here till this very last day I’ve had a blast. I have learnt so much and had a chance to experience lots of new things. I would recommend anyone interested in media and radio to check out the internship and apply! Trust me you’ll love it!

Peace out people