Aled Haydn Jones was appointed as Head of BBC Radio 1 in June 2020. Since joining the BBC in 1998 he has helped to evolve BBC Radio 1, having previously been a presenter on the network, producer on live music events, producer on the Chris Moyles Breakfast Show, an Editor, and Head of Programmes.
Haydn Jones has an impressive record of supporting innovation, and developing new young presenters for the BBC. In 2019 he implemented and launched a brand-new presenter search which has provided a valuable springboard for emerging presenters working to carve out careers in national radio, giving them a once in a lifetime opportunity to broadcast on the UK’s biggest youth radio station during the festive period. This has proved incredibly successful with currently six of the former guest presenters landing permanent slots on Radio 1 and has included, the station’s first non-binary DJ and first blind presenter. He has also played a pivotal role in some of the biggest moments on the station to date, overseeing the launch of the hugely successful Radio 1 Breakfast with Greg James, as well as supporting new music through Radio 1’s Live Lounge, Big Weekend, and Teen Awards.
Radio 1 currently has a radio audience of over 9 million weekly listeners, and Haydn Jones has worked to supplement those numbers with an increased audience of over 19 million across YouTube and social media.