Radio 1 host Zane Lowe is leaving the BBC for Apple, the BBC reports. The 41-year-old DJ has been with the station since 2003 and has garnered a massive following in the UK and around the world.
Lowe is known for championing new and emerging music during his weekday evening radio slot. Alongside lesser-known artists like Sampha and FKA Twigs, Lowe pairs interviews and live sessions with the likes of Kanye West and Jay Z.
It's unclear exactly what position Lowe will hold at Apple, but it's a good indication that Apple is moving quickly to give its upcoming streaming service solid footing in the music world. The service, reported to launch this summer, will likely integrate technology from Beats Music into its own app. It's likely Lowe will play a role in shaping the service, either by curating music, hosting, or working with musicians for specialty shows.
Of his BBC departure, Lowe said, "The station has allowed me to share incredible music with the country’s best music fans. I’ve loved every minute of it. Exciting times lie ahead."
Lowe will host his last Radio 1 show on March 5th.