The week in radio and podcasts: 1Xtra’s Rap Show; Jo Whiley and Simon Mayo; Imaginary Worlds; Podlitical

Two big-name departures leave huge holes in the Radio 1 and 2 schedules – and a podcast proves that sci-fi can be fascinating

1Xtra’s Rap Show (Radio 1/1Xtra) | iPlayer
Jo Whiley & Simon Mayo (Radio 2) | iPlayer
Imaginary Worlds

Ooh, there have been some BBC shenanigans over the past few weeks. A quick round-up. In early October, Charlie Sloth, Radio 1 and 1Xtra’s immensely popular Saturday-night grime champion and hip-hop banterer, announced that he was quitting his Rap Show. This was unexpected, until it was revealed he was moving to Apple’s Beats 1, following several other R1 compadres (Zane Lowe et al). Around the same time, 1Xtra’s hip-hop guru Semtex said he was leaving too, to a new show on Capital Xtra. Though this was also unexpected, it was Sloth who shook Radio 1: his move sent tremors through the station. The bigwigs were upset.

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