Joel Mitchell

Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds & Presenter, Friday Early Breakfast Jan 2021, BBC Radio 1


Joel currently presents for BBC Radio Leeds, and in 2020 he joined the Radio 1 presenting family when it was announced he would present Friday Early Breakfast in January 2021.

At the age of fourteen Joel enrolled on a youth radio skills course at Penistone FM, a local community radio station in South Yorkshire, and went on to co-host various weekend shows. In January 2014, a month after his sixteenth birthday, he launched a brand new Saturday morning chart show. Joel also successfully fronted a television campaign for the station to win £50,000 of People’s Postcode Lottery Funding, which allowed the station management to offer accredited media courses for local teenagers.

Enrolling as a fresher at the University of York in September 2016, he mixed his degree in Politics and International Relations with plenty of student radio and television. Joel also hosted student union events in front of a live audience – such as the annual students union election results night. In 2018 he picked up ‘Silver’ for Best Male Presenter at the Student Radio Awards, and the following year won the ‘Best Chart Show’ award for University Radio York. Joel’s degree came in handy when, at York Student Television, he secured Boris Johnson’s first interview in the ‘Question Time Leaders Special’ spin room during the 2017 general election campaign.

After networking with BBC producers at the ‘Question Time’ event, he secured a job as a Broadcast Assistant for local radio in Sheffield and York in January 2018. Joel’s arrival coincided with the relaunch of local weekday evening shows, and that summer he began presenting a weekly youth slot for BBC Radio Sheffield aged twenty. Shortly after presenting ‘Hello Friday’ on location from the local Tramlines Festival, he accepted an opportunity to host his own weekly Friday evening slot on BBC Radio Leeds from September 2019. After spells working for BBC Radio 5Live, BBC Breakfast and the BBC Regional Political Unit in Westminster, Joel returned to BBC Radio Leeds in December 2020. He currently presents every Saturday 6-8pm, and covers shows across the Evening schedule on BBC Radio Manchester too.

Joel’s first opportunity to present on BBC Radio 1 came in December 2019, when he deputised for Scott Mills on the ‘Official Chart’. In late 2020 Joel was invited to join the Radio 1 presenting family and present a month of weekend Early Breakfast shows in January 2021.

When off-air, Joel enjoys travelling and catching up with friends.



  • Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds
  • Presenter, ‘Friday Early Breakfast’, BBC Radio 1
  • Cover Presenter, ‘The Official Chart’, BBC Radio 1
  • Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield
  • Presenter, University Radio York
  • Presenter, York Student Television
  • Presenter, 95.7 Penistone FM Community Radio

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