Mary Anne Hobbs has abruptly left Xfm
Having begun her broadcasting career at London/Manchester station Xfm in the early 1990s, Hobbs became a regular fixture on Radio 1, presenting the Rock Show and, latterly, her flagship Experimental programme dedicated to emerging electronic music. After her departure from the station in 2011, Hobbs returned to Xfm to helm two shows. Her weekday evening Music:Response show dealt primarily with rising rock and indie talents. Her Saturday night specialist show, however, was the real draw: continuing in a similar vein to her BBC show, it featured mixes from the likes of LV, Cooly G, Lil Silva and just about anyone you’ve read about on FACT in the last few weeks. With its 7.00pm-10.00pm time slot and focus on emerging music, the show gave alternative electronic music its most high-profile broadcast platform in living memory.