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international news _ 27th September, 2006

Pete Tongís 21st Century Thursdays

Text by Jonty Skrufff (Skrufff.com)

Radio 1ís Pete Tong chatted to Skrufff this week about his new Thursday night show In New Music We Trust and said the weekly show will be radically different from the Essential Selection,

ďItís totally different from the Essential Selection, itís another big step in terms of Radio 1 embracing what the BBC has to look like in this century, in the sense that itís current model of broadcasting programmes terrestrially, at set times, is rapidly moving out of date,Ē said Pete.

ďI hate to use the word, but it is a kind of magazine show, there will be a lot more chat in the show but equally itís very important that the show is very fast moving. I donít know how successful the show will be initially but I would imagine within six months the show will sound like radio hasnít sounded before on Radio 1; thatís our collective ambition. To make some 21st century radio. If you havenít got time to listen to me on a Friday or donít know much about dance music, this show is for you, itís meant to be an entry point.Ē

Hugely upbeat about the new show, Pete admitted heís less than thrilled about losing one hour of his Friday night Essential Selection though was stoical about the new arrangement.

ďAm I particularly happy about not being able to start at 6íoclock? Not particularly. But did I think Iíd be on at 6pm forever? No,Ē he said.

ďDid I think Iíd be on at 6pm for 12 years? No. Change is inevitable but Iíve always seen change as an opportunity.Ē

He also defended vigorously his right to play maintream music, pointing out Ďyouíre on the radio and youíve got to be entertaining and we play to an audience that fluctuates around 2million people at the start of the show on a Friday night.í

ďIf you were playing to a stadium of 2 million people you wouldnít go and play a bunch of minimal techno records at the start of your set. Thatís what itís about- entertainment. Iím not on at 2 in the morning, Iím on at six, now 7pm. Iíve been really successful at both entertaining people and turning them onto something new, I donít think Iíve ever gone down the route of lowest common denominator.Ē

He also revealed his favourite track of the moment is Ameís Rej and suggested dance music is changing quickly yet again.

ďThe minimal thing last year was very healthy it introduced a newness. A year down the line minimal has almost disappeared, or rather itís morphed. Iím still playing a lot of records from Germany but theyíre not that minimal. I think records have got more soulful again, a little blacker again. I suppose in a way weíve had a house music revival,Ē said Pete.

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