Ros Atkins, BBC Reporter drops it all for Drum and Bass

Articles, News // Tue 18 Jan 2022 - 12:22pm

Reporter Ros Atkins has shocked ravers and BBC viewers switching politics breakdowns for breakbeats taking a surprise set on radio 6.

Though this switch comes as a surprise to many, the host of “Explainer” videos has a history in the rave…

Starting as a teenager growing up around sound system culture in the 90s, Atkins attended beach raves in Cornwall, developing a taste for Hardcore and Drum n’ Bass. Inspired by the likes of DJ Hype the young reporter-to-be tried his hand behind the decks, gigging between South Africa and the UK, including slots at WOMAD and Oppikoppi, up until 2006 and the birth of his first daughter. Ros has a bit of experience behind him…


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After the move into reporting and a rise to fame through his “Explainer” videos, a career as a DJ seemed a long way in the past. This was until a reporter for the Observer slipped a passing question about his previous career into an interview on the 2nd of January this year…

Get the ball rolling

This didn’t go unnoticed by the BBC; 6 music approached Atkins offering a comeback with a slot for a mix in the desert island disco all-dayer. Channelling his 90’s roots, the reporter spins an impressive set.

Sneaking on Twitter’s trending page, the set is cooking up a storm, bringing some much-needed cheer to the news. Whether we full return to the decks from Ros or not is unclear. However, one thing is clear, he is the coolest man on the news.

You can listen to the mix here.