The BBC’s Radio 1 Breakfast Show has lost its star presenter, after Nick Grimshaw announced his decision to quit the high-profile gig live on-air earlier this morning.
To the shock of many, Grimshaw revealed he was “really tired” and ready to hand over early morning duties to fellow Radio 1 presenter Greg James come September.
However, fans of the radio personality will be glad to hear he’s not prepared to hang up his boots entirely. Instead, the move will be a straight swap of shows, with Grimshaw taking the helm of James’ 4-7pm drive-time programme, and James manning the morning show from the autumn.
“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 11.30am,” he told listeners.
BBC Radio 1 confirmed the news on Twitter.
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Following the announcement, James joined Grimshaw on-air, calling the Radio 1 Breakfast Show gig a “big challenge” but one that he was “ready to give a go.”
“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,” James said.
Grimshaw took over The Breakfast Show from Chris Moyles back in 2012, with his six-year stint making him the second longest serving presenter in the iconic show’s history. He also enjoyed a brief stint as an X Factor judge in 2015.
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