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James Blunt crowd-surfs in a dinghy – and other things we learned at Radio 2's Hyde Park show

James Blunt crowd-surfs in a dinghy – and other things we learned at Radio 2's Hyde Park show

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceJames Blunt set sail over the audience at Radio 2's Hyde Park festival on Sunday - perched precariously inside a rubber dinghy.The star's take on crowd-surfing came at the end of a mid-afternoon set, which featured the hits You're Beautiful, Bonfire Heart and 1973.But he came to a sticky end when the Union Jack dinghy capsized about 30 rows back from the stage."Can we have him back, please?" compere Ken Bruce asked the crowd.Blunt later emerged unscathed, after posing for selfies with (some of) the 35,000-strong audience.Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park: Full coverageRadio 2's rain-soaked "festival in a day" also saw performances from Stereophonics, Rick Astley, Emeli Sande and Blondie.And country star Shania Twain gave her first UK performance in 13 ye...
Radio 1: Why is the station struggling to find new DJs?

Radio 1: Why is the station struggling to find new DJs?

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BBC Radio 1 has a problem.But it's not the playlist, its listening figures or social media following that controller Ben Cooper is concerned about - it's where the next generation of presenters is coming from."It's everyone's favourite game at Radio 1 to try and second guess me and come up with their fantasy schedule," he laughs as he speaks to the BBC on Wednesday morning.Cooper is chatting to journalists as he unveils Radio 1 Vintage - a pop-up station which will broadcast old shows from across the decades as part of the station's 50th birthday celebrations in September.He describes the new venture as a great way of celebrating Radio 1's history - but what about its future?"I'm not planning any schedule changes at the moment," he says, "but I'm always looking for fresh new talent, for th...