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15/05/2020 16:56 BST

Maya Jama Quits Radio 1 Show After Two Years To Pursue 'Exciting New Commitments'

The presenter is stepping down from her BBC radio show after two years.

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Maya Jama has announced that she’s stepping down from her Radio 1 show.

Since 2018, Maya has presented on Friday and Saturday mornings from 10am, but has now confirmed that she hosted her last show for the station two weeks ago.

The BBC has said commitments Maya has coming up later in the year meant she was unable to dedicate the required time to her show.

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Maya Jama

Posting on Twitter on Friday, Maya explained: “I’ve made the very difficult decision not to continue my Radio 1 contract from June, As you know I have been juggling & There are a lot of exciting commitments happening that would mean I’m not able to dedicate the time needed to my weekly radio show... I’ve loved every moment of my time at Radio 1 and I would like to thank the team for their hard work and friendship during the last two years.

“It’s been a JOURNEY, Thanks to all you cuties that tuned into the show every weekend, it was so great to hear that we have been getting the largest proportion of under 35s tuning in for our on-demand show on BBC Sounds. So we are going out with a bang!”

BBC controller of pop music Lorna Clarke said: “We’d like to thank Maya for all her commitment and hard work at Radio One, and we wish her all the very best with her future.”

Towards the end of last year, Maya was heavily rumoured to be taking over at the helm of Love Island, though the job ultimately went to Laura Whitmore.

She’s also repeatedly been tipped to take part in Strictly Come Dancing, including last month, when The Mirror claimed she’d been offered a six-figure sum to sign up for the BBC show.