Nick Grimshaw quits BBC Radio 1 after 14 years as new replacements announced

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Nick Grimshaw quits BBC Radio 1 after 14 years as new replacement announced (PA Archive)
Nick Grimshaw quits BBC Radio 1 after 14 years as new replacement announced (PA Archive)

Nick Grimshaw will be leaving his Drivetime show on BBC Radio 1 after 14 years at the station.

The presenter will be saying his final goodbyes to the BBC in September this year.

It was announced Vick Hope and Jordan North will be taking over from the 3:30-6pm slot on Radio 1.

BBC Radio 1 paid tribute to Nick on social media on Wednesday as they said it had been “fun” having the radio star on their station.

The radio wrote on Twitter: “After an incredible 14 years at the station, we’ll be saying goodbye to Nick Grimshaw this September.

“It’s been so much fun - thank you for everything, @Grimmers!”

They added: “We have some news! From September, the brilliant Vick Hope & Jordan North will take over Monday - Thursday afternoons from 3:30 - 6pm on Radio 1.”

Speaking from the heart, Nick revealed it was time for him to move on from the radio station after he had been thinking about his future.

In an emotional speech, the radio host thanked his fans for all their support over the years.

Nick said of his departure: “I have some news guys, some big news. It’s big news for me to announce. I want to do it at the start of the show otherwise I’ll be weird for the next two hours.

“I’ve been thinking about it for a little while, after 14 years of working here I’ve made a big decision. It a huge decision, an exciting one and a happy one. It’s something I’ve given a lot of thought. Radio 1 is home to me. It’s the only station I’ve wanted to work.

“I was thinking the past 18 months have been the most surreal moments ever. A lot of you guys, you take stock in times like this and look at your life. I looked at mine and I wanted to make that change. My childhood dream was to work on Radio 1 and I have been lucky enough to make that dream come true.

“It has been everything I’d imagined and even more. I grew up wanting to connect with people and to feel accepted and the Radio 1 listeners gave me that and let me be part of their daily life, for which I will be eternally grateful.

“But over the last few months I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about my future and after 14 years, I’ve made the decision that it’s time for me to move on - I’d like to thank the listeners as without them none of this could have been possible and the Radio 1 family, who have been such a huge part of my life. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

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