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The Jo Whiley Show

The Jo Whiley Show
Genre Music and entertainment
Running time Weekdays, 10:00am - 12:45pm Bank Holiday 10.00-13.00 Good Fridays 10.00-13.00
Country  United Kingdom
Language(s) English
Home station BBC Radio 1
Starring Jo Whiley
Air dates 19 February 2001 to 18 September 2009
Audio format FM and Digital radio and online

The Jo Whiley Show was a British weekday radio show on BBC Radio 1 hosted by Jo Whiley. The programme was on air from February 2001 to September 2009 and was broadcast each morning between 10:00am and 12:45pm. And Bank Holidays And Good Fridays At 10.00-13.00


  • Show format 1
  • History 2
  • Features 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Show format

The show began at 10:00am and lasted for two and three quarter hours every day. News and sport was read at 10:30am and 11:30am And Bank Holidays And Good Fridays at 12.30. It also featured the latest entertainment news with Natalie Jamieson at 12:00pm. In addition the show had a number of features as well as guests and live music performances from well known artists. The show handed over to Newsbeat at 12:45.


Jo Whiley had a weekday lunchtime show from February 1997. This was originally called The Jo Whiley Show, but later changed its name to The Lunchtime Social. This included elements of the evening show, such as tour dates and occasional live 'sessions' at Maida Vale Studios while working within the restrictions of Radio 1's daytime schedule. When Simon Mayo left Radio 1 for Radio Five Live in February 2001, Whiley's show was moved to a mid morning slot and regained its original name.

In July 2008 The Jo Whiley Show was fined £75,000 for misleading listeners, along with other BBC programmes totaling £400,000 [1] The incident involved a member of BBC staff posing as a member of the public taking part in a competition. The BBC claim Whiley herself was unaware of the deception at the time of its broadcast.[2]

In July 2009 it was announced that the Jo Whiley show would finish broadcasting on weekdays on Radio 1 in September as part of a major shake up of the station's weekday schedule.[3] The shake up, billed as the biggest at Radio 1 for five years,[3] would see Greg James move to the afternoon slot (then occupied by Edith Bowman), and Fearne Cotton move to Whiley's slot.[4] Cotton took over many of Whiley's popular features including the famous Live Lounge segment. Although both Whiley and Bowman moved to weekend slots on Radio 1, the news that Whiley and Bowman would leave their weekday shows led to some controversy, with BBC bosses facing allegations of being biased against older presenters, particularly as the announcement came shortly after the revelation that 30-year-old singer Alesha Dixon would replace the much older Arlene Phillips as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing.[3] Her final weekday program took place on 18 September 2009.[5]


There were numerous features on the show. Features which were running at the show's end are marked in bold type:

  • Changing Tracks - Daily feature - This is when a listener would email in and ask for a song that reminded them of a time in their life when music changed everything, particularly if that had had a great experience or whether a song provided some kind of comfort after a traumatic time. This feature was similar to former BBC Radio 1 DJ Simon Bates's Our Tune.
  • Live Lounge - Where invited artists would come into the studio to perform music from their new album/single as well as performing a cover version of a song they particularly admired. They would give their own take on it. Selected guests included, Goldfrapp who performed "Fly Me Away" and the Ordinary Boys' "Boys Will Be Boys" and Nelly Furtado who sang "Maneater" and covered Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy". Florence + the Machine's version of Halo by Beyoncé was stated to be the best cover in the history of the live lounge when it was proformed in 2009. This was a popular feature of the show and several compilation albums of such covered music have been released.
  • Pet Sound - Daily feature - A song considered by Jo to be something that we need to hear. It usually had not been released or was due to be released in due time. This song would be played once on Jo's show for the week and it changed every week.
  • Marilyn Manson was never in The Wonder Years - This happened infrequently. Basically if there was a question that a listener did not know the answer to and would like answered, then this was the place to find out. The title comes from the urban legend that Marilyn Manson was a cast member for the series The Wonder Years when actually he wasn't.
  • I Have Never... - An occasional feature where Jo embarked on something she had never done in her life. Listeners were also challenged to the same thing, examples including not watching television for a whole week and trying a sport for the very first time.
  • What Rocked? What Sucked? - This feature involved listeners e-mailing or texting the show to tell Jo and the listening audience what went well and what didn't. Jo sometimes offered her own view from time to time. This feature would take place on a Friday allowing listeners to reflect upon the good and bad points of the week that had passed.
  • 7 Song Shuffle - Daily feature - A mishmash of seven different songs would be played to a listener via telephone and they would then be given around 45 seconds to name the artist and song title. The number of correct answers they got corresponded to the number of albums they would receive as prizes. The actual prize was vouchers for popular music store HMV, which came in £10 denominations to represent the amount of albums. If not all seven songs were guessed correctly then other listeners could claim them by texting or emailing the missing answers. It was more difficult than it appeared, as the contestants had to listen to the jumbled tracks on the telephone rather than the radio, making the songs harder to differentiate. In the show's eight year run, only four people correctly answered all seven songs. After 17 July 2007 the game became 'just for fun' with listeners playing along at home and no prizes on offer due to the BBC's suspension of all telephone competitions.
  • We Love Mondays - Weekly feature - At the start of each week, Jo would run through various reasons to be happy on a Monday morning, such as what was showing at the cinema, what music albums and singles were being released and what was coming up on television and radio.
  • Ask the Experts - Weekly feature - For this feature, listeners were able to e-mail in their dilemmas or questions to a certain expert, whether it be about video games, gadgets or relationships. Tracey Cox was one of the experts, with her field being relationships. The full list of experts featured in this section was;
  • Martin Lewis - Money
  • Angela Buttolph - Fashion
  • Johnny Minkley - Video Games
  • Tracey Cox - Relationships
  • Tom Dunmore - Gadgets
  • Natalie Jamieson - Entertainment News
  • Mark Chapman - Sport


  1. ^ "BBC NEWS - Entertainment - Record fine over BBC's phone-ins".  
  2. ^ "BBC NEWS - Entertainment - BBC fine: The affected shows".  
  3. ^ a b c "Radio 1 bosses replace Jo Whiley, 44, with Fearne Cotton, 27, in prized weekday slot". Mail Online. 16 July 2009. Retrieved 16 July 2009. 
  4. ^ Plunkett, John (16 July 2009). "Jo Whiley and Edith Bowman lose weekday BBC Radio 1 slots". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 July 2009. 
  5. ^ "Whiley bows out with full house". Pres Association. 18 September 2009. Retrieved 25 September 2009. 

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