BBC's Charlie Sloth headed to Apple Music, following Zane Lowe's path

in iPod + iTunes + AppleTV edited October 2018
Following an exit after a short stint as the head of a high-profile late night show, BBC presenter Charlie Sloth is reportedly headed to Apple Music and Beats 1.

Charlie Sloth with Drake
Charlie Sloth with Drake

While Sloth's departure after only a year was well-publicized, Music Business Worldwide has claimed that he is headed to helm a new show on Apple's Beats 1. Sloth hosted "The 8th" and "The Rap Show" for BBC radio, with appearances on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra.

Sloth's "Fire in the Booth" show is self-owned, and current speculation indicates that he will be hosting it on Apple Music going forward.
"Fire in the Booth" is presently hosted on YouTube, and will reportedly remain there, paired with presentation on Apple Music.

"Ten of the best years of my life, I want to say a huge thank you to everybody who has listened to me over the years and supported me in everything I have done, I love you, and the journey continues," said Sloth. "I joined the BBC as a boy and I leave as a man."

Zane Lowe, Apple's first Beats 1 presenter, took a similar path. Lowe departed BBC Radio 1 in 2015, and is still the head of the flagship show on Apple Music.

When Lowe arrived, he envisioned a future where Apple would host multiple streams of live shows, beyond just Beats 1.

"All those discussions are being had right now. Until we have something -- you've said it before, Apple will go and work on things, and they present it when they feel it's right," said Lowe, when asked about expansion. "That's the answer. We're working on it."

Music Business Worldwide notes that Apple has poached four big names from the BBC for Apple Music. Departures include Lowe, Sloth, former head of Radio 1 George Ergatoudis, editor Ryan Newman, and "multiple producers."

Sloth's last show for the BBC will air on November 3.


  • Reply 1 of 4
    I really want to like Beats1, but it's too urban-heavy for my tastes, and Sloth, while an entertaining personality, is just going to push it even farther in that direction. I wish Apple Music would just steal BBC Radio's organization style and add a few more channels that focus on different genres, e.g. pop, indie, new/world music, etc.
  • Reply 2 of 4
    While I have not been happy with any of the Apple Music "radio channels," I love the artist info and playlists (Essentials/Next Step/Related acts). I like exploring new music and it's a fantastic tool for this.
  • Reply 3 of 4
    davgregdavgreg Posts: 194member
    I would love to see the stats on Apple's streaming station. For all the investment I wonder how many (or few) actually listen and what the demographics look like.

    Sirius/XM has purchased Pandora and apparently will be using it as a commercially supported alternative to the paid Sirius service. Not sure how many are going to pay for what Sirius will be giving away.

    As to Beats 1, why have they not followed up with other live program services of other genres?
  • Reply 4 of 4
    laytechlaytech Posts: 127member
    For me Elton John's rocket hour is the best show on Beats 1, entertaining and a wide variety of great music, it is just not on often enough. All credit for Elton John for not just hosting a great show but taking his time to do it, when clearly he doesn't need the money.
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