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Friday 17 August 2018

Nick Grimshaw to host his last Radio 1 Breakfast Show

He will swap jobs with Greg James to take over the drivetime slot.

Nick Grimshaw will step down on Thursday (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)
Nick Grimshaw will step down on Thursday (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

By Laura Harding, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

Nick Grimshaw will host his last BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show on Thursday.

The DJ took over the early morning radio programme from Chris Moyles in 2012.

He has said he’s “really tired” and had the position for much longer than he first thought he would.

He will remain on BBC Radio 1 on the drivetime show in a job swap with Greg James, starting in the autumn.

Grimshaw announced he would be stepping down from the breakfast slot during his show in May when he was joined by James in the studio.

He told his listeners: “Come September it will be six years … I’ve decided it’s time for a change, time for a new show and, most importantly, it’s going to be time for a new wake-up time … preferably about 11.30.”

It came shortly after data revealed that Grimshaw’s show had recorded its second lowest audience figures since current records began.

However, he did enjoy a modest increase in his weekly listening figures in the second quarter of 2018.

Grimshaw’s rise to fame has been a rapid one after joining the BBC in 2007, hosting BBC Two youth music show Sound in 2007 alongside DJ Annie Mac.

From there, he went on to host Radio 1’s Weekend Breakfast Show in 2008 until the following year, before moving to hosting the late-night slot on the station.

When he took over from Moyles at the age of 27 in 2012, it was deemed a controversial decision due to his lack of primetime presenting background and he admitted that he was “a little daunted” by the prospect.

Raised in Royton, Oldham, Grimshaw took his first steps as a broadcaster by getting involved with student radio while at Liverpool University.

There he interviewed DJ duo Queens Of Noize, who encouraged him to move to London after a post-university job as a record plugger went awry.

He made ends meet working as an intern at MTV, handing out flyers and DJing with friends before being talent-spotted by Channel 4, and at the age of 22 he began working on pop shows, such as The Album Chart Show and Freshly Squeezed.

He was also a co-presenter on the now-defunct T4 slot on Channel 4 from 2010 to 2012, and on E4’s Big Brother spin-off Big Mouth in 2008.

In 2015, Grimshaw appeared as a judge on The X Factor along with Simon Cowell, Rita Ora and Cheryl, but he departed the role after just one year.

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In May 2018, Grimshaw became the Radio 1 Breakfast Show’s second longest-running host in the programme’s history, taking over the previous record held by Tony Blackburn.

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