Radio 1Xtra's Reece Parkinson quits DJ role

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BBC Radio 1Xtra presenter Reece Parkinson is ditching the airwaves for the world of science.

He announced his imminent exit and surprising career switch in a tweet thread earlier this week, which began with: "I will be leaving BBC Radio 1Xtra on March 27th. I started as an intern at 21, then 2 years later, got my first on-air show.

"The past 7 years have been incredible. I would like to extend my gratitude to the management, staff, and of course, the amazing listeners."

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"I'm so thankful for the guests I've been able to interview on the show, plus working alongside so many inspiring individuals. However, for some time now, I have known that I need to get curious again, just like when I was an intern," Parkinson continued.

Parkinson cited his personal experience with being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as the catalyst for his career change.

He continued: "Through my own personal exploration & extensive research into how rapid our world is changing. I've been diving deep into exponential technological sectors. Particularly life sciences, which has strongly connected with me on a personal level since I got diagnosed with Type 1 [diabetes].

"I'm really proud to be shortly joining a world-class team working on scientific innovations, creating transformative medicines for people with serious diseases. It's a really exciting time!

He added: "Again, thanks to everyone that I've been lucky to work with at 1Xtra."

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Plenty of the radio host's followers responded with supportive messages, including popstar Craig David, who wrote: "Love this brother. You're gonna continue to make such a positive difference to people."

"Wow congratulations Reece….on everything at @1Xtra and on the new science gig love that!" added Parkinson's former Radio 1 pal Nick Grimshaw.

According to Metro, Remi Burgz is stepping in as his Drivetime Show replacement.

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