Nick Grimshaw to leave BBC Radio 1 breakfast show and present drivetime; Greg James to replace him.
Greg and Nick were both live on air this morning on BBC Radio 1 to share news with their listeners, in what is thought to be the first high profile, permanent radio show swap in BBC Radio 1’s history.
Nick began hosting The Radio 1 Breakfast Show in 2012 and this week, he became the second-longest running breakfast show presenter in the station’s history, beating the record previously held by Tony Blackburn. Now he is passing the breakfast show baton over to Greg, who is the current presenter of the station’s drivetime show and joined the BBC fresh from student radio.
They will start their new shows on Radio 1 in the Autumn.
Nick says: “It was always my dream to do the breakfast show and I’m very grateful that I got to live my dream every day for what will be nearly six years. But six years is a long time and this isn’t a forever job. I had the time of my life. I’ve decided it’s time for a change and a new show. I love Radio 1 and can’t wait to get on with the new time slot and the removal of all alarms from my house. I’m so happy to be swapping shows with my friend and yours Greg James, and can’t wait to wake up to him each morning. Not literally. Just on the radio. Unless he’s up for it.”
Greg says: “I am completely beside myself that I’ve been given the chance to present the most famous radio show in the world. It really doesn’t get any bigger than this and I really want to build on the great work Grimmy has done. The listeners have become like mates during the ten years I’ve been on air, so to be there when they wake up is a real honour. They’re always front and centre and this will of course be the case on the new breakfast show. It’s going to be the most enjoyable challenge I’ve ever undertaken and I can’t wait to get started.”
Ben Cooper, Controller of Radio 1, 1Xtra and Asian Network, says “Greg gets his childhood dream, Grimmy gets a lie-in and the Radio 1 audience gets two exciting new shows with the biggest and most popular youth presenters in the country. I’m so proud that Radio 1 produces and nurtures the best talent in the industry – I gave Greg his first show when he joined us from student radio and now he’s getting the most famous radio gig in the world – it’s going to be fantastic. Grimmy’s done a brilliant job reinventing the feel and tone of the breakfast show by connecting with new audiences in new ways in the digital age.”
The announcement is part of reinventing Radio 1 and follows the recent news that Fridays are now officially part of the weekend. The brand new weekend schedule will include shows from Dev and Alice Levine, Maya Jama, Matt Edmondson and Mollie King plus Scott Mills and starts next month, ahead of Nick and Greg’s new shows starting in the Autumn.
Radio 1 is the biggest and most relevant youth station in the UK, with over a third of all 15-24 year olds listening each week. The station has over 10 million listeners each week, over 10 million weekly views on YouTube and 10 million followers across social media.