In the run up to Christmas we will see more questions asked of the BBC and there will be plenty more speculation about the future broadcasting landscape of the UK. However, one thing is certain this year - radio remains vital in people's lives. Radio showed everyone that it is still the place in the media that is busy with innovation, has famous names people want to talk about and stations that millions of listeners are passionate about.
I hope young minds take the time to register before 20 April, so that on 7 May as many of us as possible have a choice. Registering is so important. It gives us the power to have our say. We are the judging panel and they are the X Factor hopeful, staring wide eyed down the camera lens mouthing 'vote for me' whilst miming a phone with their hand...
We know how much our listeners like to see behind the scenes and get exclusive backstage access, so we are aiming to open up what Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra do across the entire month. The relationship between us and our audience feels close than it ever has. They have access to the inner thoughts of our DJ's via Twitter. They can often get to watch, as well as listen to, our regular output. So the challenge for the month is how to bring them even closer. The centrepiece of our Access All Areas activity has rapidly become Radio 1's first ever intake of interns.
I feel there's a change, a positive movement towards acceptance, inclusion and honesty. I used to think I was the only one. The only gay in the village. Yeah, I knew KD Lang was my homegirl and Ellen was too but they were celebrities. I was hardly going to see them around my local Spar. They seemed so far away.
From the streets of Accra to the clubs in Abuja, shops in South Africa to the public transport in Kenya comes a new genre of music that is thumping in clubs worldwide - Afrobeats. If you like music that is different, unique, organic yet modern, with no boundaries, energetic and fused with modern genres without losing its actual identity then you need look no further than Afrobeats. Afrobeats is the sound of young Africa which is growing in popularity through out the UK and the world. The genres name stems Nigeria's Afrobeat which was made popular by Fela Kuti and Tony Allen in the 70's.