BBC Asian Network boss, Ben Cooper to step down

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Ben Cooper, the boss of BBC radio stations, Radio 1, 1Xtra and the Asian Network, is leaving after eight years in charge.

Cooper will continue in his role until the new year. Confirming the developments, Cooper in an email said it was “time for a new challenge”. The full email read:

I wanted you to know, that after much thought and consideration, I am going to leave the BBC.

It was a childhood dream of mine to work at Radio 1 and I’m grateful to have done that not only as a producer but then also as Controller.

After 8 years of ‘Listen, Watch, Share’, it’s time for a new challenge.

What our stations do for the BBC is so important – celebrating and championing youth culture in our society, whether that is the new music we play or reflecting the issues that concern young people today – and I’m very proud of what we have achieved together over the years.

Thank you for being part of an incredible team of teams that has been so creative, ambitious and passionate.

It is greatly appreciated.

I’ll be working through to the new year, so it will be business as usual until then.

For now, it has been a privilege and a huge honour to be Controller of Radio 1, 1Xtra and Asian Network.

It is not known where Cooper will be heading to next.

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