Ed Sheeran has led tributes to BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe.

The broadcaster will present his final weekday 7-9pm evening show on the station this evening (05.03.15) after 12 years as a DJ on the station, prompting an outpouring of support from acts who he has supported during his career, including the 'Thinking Out Loud' singer.

He tweeted: ''Zane Lowe's last show on radio 1 today. I wouldn't be where I am without him and his support, good luck with everything man, and thank you x (sic).''

Other acts to praise the host include Plan B who called him ''a true champion of British music'' and BRIT Award nominees alt-J who called him ''an early champion of our music and all round good bloke''.

The 41-year-old DJ - who has sons Jackson and Lucius with his wife Kara Walters - is leaving the station to move to Los Angeles where he will take up a position within Apple, although acts have admitted they are disappointed he is emigrating because they will miss him.

Posting on his Instagram, rapper Professor Green wrote: ''#thankszane Gonna miss @zanelowe mannnnnn one of my earliest supporters at @bbcr1 - even took me on tour back in 2006! Love bro xx (sic).''

Biffy Clyro added: ''Big love to you brother.The airwaves will not be the same without you.You'll always be part of the Biffy family.#ThanksZane (sic).''

Zane - who has interviewed stars including Kanye West, Eminem and Jay Z on his show throughout the years - will be replaced by Annie Mac, who said she feels ''excited and humbled'' about the opportunity.