Nick Grimshaw QUITS Radio 1 Breakfast Show and swaps places with Greg James

Mike P Williams

Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw has announced he’s leaving his Radio 1 Breakfast Show and will swap places with fellow BBC host Greg James.

While live on-air this morning, Grimshaw, 33, made the shock reveal that he’d no longer be presenting the morning slot show he’s been a part of for six years, in favour of a lie in.

During his daily The Breakfast Show, he shocked listeners by sharing the news: ‘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,’ he said.

‘But six years is a long time and this isn’t a forever job. I had the time of my life.’


The viewing figures for BBC Radio 1’s Breakfast Show. (PA)

‘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.’

He continued to thank everyone by professing his admiration for the radio station: ‘I love Radio 1 and can’t wait to get on with the new time slot and the removal of all the alarms from my house.’

Greg James, 32, said he was excited about the switch around: ‘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.

James also praised his co-worker and how he’s shaped the breakfast slot: ’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.’

From left: Nick Grimshaw, Tamsin Greenaway, and Greg James. (PA)

Radio 1 scheduling has been freshened-up over the past few weeks when it comes to hosting and DJing slots.

Mollie King and Matt Edmonson were revealed as new co-hosts on Sundays between the hours of 1pm and 4pm, with Scott Mills taking over from James on The Official Chart Show, and Maya Jama now a part of their Friday morning roster.

Grimshaw took over from Chris Moyles back in 2012, and is currently the second-longest serving breakfast host in the BBC’s history having broken Tony Blackburn’s record along the way.

Grimshaw’s The Breakfast Show enjoyed its best listener numbers in February since 2016, but since then has lost around 700,000 over the past three months.

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