Nick Grimshaw announced live on air this morning that he’s quitting the Radio 1 breakfast show.
On his morning show, Nick Grimshaw told listeners that: “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’m tired. Like, really tired.
“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.”
It was also announced that Greg James would be replacing Grimshaw in the morning slot.
Nick Grimshaw will not be leaving Radio 1 altogether, he will be taking over Greg James’s drive-time slot between 4-7pm.
Grimshaw took over from Chris Moyles in 2012. It was a controversial decision for BBC at the time. Grimshaw previously presented the station’s late night programme.
Grimshaw said he had had the “time of his life” presenting the Breakfast Show but decided it was “time for a change and a new show.”
“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,” he added. “Not literally. Just on the radio. Unless he’s up for it.”
Greg James 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.”
The pair are set to begin their new shows on Radio 1 from September this year.
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 Radio 1’s reinvention and follows the recent news that Fridays are now officially part of the weekend (because the BBC can decide this apparently.) 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.