Sian Eleri is one of the newest faces to BBC Radio 1. After being selected as part of Radio 1’s Christmas Presenter Search in 2019, she now hosts Radio 1’s Chillest Show every Sunday 7-9pm, fulfilling a long-held dream to reach out and share her love of music with others.
Since starting the role in January 2021, Sian has been one of the key figureheads in the new Radio 1 Relax stream on BBC Sounds, where she can be heard every day at drive-time between 4-6pm. As of September 2021, she’ll take over from Annie Mac as the host of Radio 1’s Powerdown Playlist with a new timeslot Monday-Wednesday from 10pm. She’s also been heard covering Annie Mac’s Future Sounds, hosting the London Grammar Listening Party for Radio 1 in conjunction with the release of their 3rd album, and presenting at Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2021. Sian has interviewed the likes of Griff, Joe Lycett, Ashnikko, serpent with feet, Jordan Stephens & more; and these achievements within her first 4 months of appointment are testament to her passion, drive and love for her presenting work.
Hailing from Caernarfon, Sian is a proud Welsh speaker and regularly presents on BBC Radio Cymru. She currently hosts a Tuesday night music show and regularly covers for the likes of Huw Stephens. From 2018-2021 she also presented a weekly feature for Huw Stephens’ evening show, where she highlighted new releases from around the globe and guided listeners to music sites to explore and discover for themselves.
Sian is passionate about showcasing talent in the creative industries from Wales and beyond. She’s been a judge for the Welsh Music Prize 2019 & 2020, the British Podcast Awards 2020 & 2021, and curated a zine ‘Merched yn Gwneud Miwsig’ highlighting creative womxn in Wales across the arts. She’ll be judging at the AIM Awards in 2021.
Sian is an enthusiastic VO artist – with her warm, dulcet tones being heard representing clients like the BBC Archives, the Six Nations Championship, National Prison Radio, and British Council’s Selector Radio. She’s also voiced BBC podcast ‘Story of Miwsig’, and currently voices the All Day Chill mix on BBC Sounds.
The presenter also has experience in production – being a member of the teams behind Selector Radio with Jamz Supernova, BBC Introducing on Radio 1, and Radio 2’s Swing & Big Band Show with Clare Teal. A music podcast Sian produced called ‘Undertones’ is scheduled for release this year. She also produced and presented a BBC Radio Cymru 7-part series showcasing people’s unique and often difficult experiences of working on the pandemic’s frontline.
Sian studied Broadcast Journalism at the University of Leeds, becoming the valedictorian in the Media & Communication department and was awarded Best Female Newcomer at Leeds Student Radio. She went on to Goldsmiths to complete an MA in Sociocultural Linguistics, researching the intricacies and complexities of bilingualism, culture and identity.
Sian is great fun and a tastemaker for the future of music. She is enthusiastic, competitive, principled, and adventurous. Her interests span competitive swimming, design, environmental issues and sustainability.