Chris Moyles has announced that he is to leave his slot as Radio 1‘s breakfast show host after 8 years of filling the position, and Nick Grimshaw is set to become is replacement.
This comes after news that BBC Radio 1 is to attempt an overhaul in order to target a younger age demographic; something which already began when Greg James replaced Scott Mills in the drivetime slot.
The news of Grimshaw’s new position comes as a shock to some people as Greg James had been rumoured as Moyles’ successor for a while, especially after his takeover from Mills. Nick is currently presents the 10pm to midnight slot on Monday to Thursday, and co-hosts a Sunday slot with Annie Mac.
Nick began his career when joining the T4 team, presenting E4 Music shows such as Freshly Squeezed, alongside Alexa Chung and Rick Edwards. He joined the BBC in 2007 as a radio presenter.
Moyles, who managed to pull an everage count of 7.52million listeners in 2011, is currently Radio 1′s longest serving presenter. He said of the news “it’s almost time to go, we’re off. A couple more months of us and then it’s someone else’s turn to have a go, so thanks for listening and I hope you stay with us until the end because I promise it’s going to be brilliant.” He was also sure to mention, “I don’t do things by halves, my tongue is always buried deep in my cheek so thank you for listening. I’ve had the best time of my life.”
Ben Cooper, controller of the radio station, stated “Nick is a great broadcaster. He’s got a passion for music and he’s got a great sense of humour as well that will be great to listen to in the morning.”
Grimshaw has since said that he is “super excited” to be taking over this prestigious position, before dubbing Moyles as “one of the best broadcasters ever.”