"I'm very ambitious," he told BBC Radio 4's Mastertapes programme. "So when Radio 1 goes and is taken away from you, a huge bit of your arsenal goes."To be fair, Robbie, you've just released an album of swing covers. It's like sticking out a porn video and wondering why Blue Peter won't invite you on talk about it.
"It's your main oxygen to get your stuff out there."
In the BBC News story, though, a much more interesting detail is hanging about:
The station's head of music has also said rock groups Green Day and Muse may have outgrown the station.Yes, we've now come so far through the Rock & Roll Years that Muse have effectively turned into Cliff Richard.
"The last Green Day project simply wasn't good enough," George Ergatoudis told trade magazine Music Week.
Muse, meanwhile "are approaching a crossroads" - their last single was the first one not playlisted by Radio 1 in a decade.
"The door remains open to them but we'll have to think carefully about their next album."
And Green Day are Status Quo, but that's hardly breaking news.