Nick Grimshaw is leaving the Radio 1 breakfast show after six years, Greg James to take over

He'll be swapping radio shows with presenter Greg James

Nick Grimshaw has announced his departure from the Radio 1 breakfast show, after hosting it for six years.

Grimshaw took over from Chris Moyles in 2012 and says that it was always his dream to do the breakfast show.

“I’m very grateful that I got to live my dream every day for what will be nearly six years,” he said of the news. “But six years is a long time and this isn’t a forever job. I had the time of my life.”


Greg James will be taking over the morning slot, while Grimshaw will be taking over James’ show.

“I’ve decided it’s time for a change and a new show,” Grimshaw added. “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.”

“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,” he added. You can see Grimshaw chatting about his departure below.

James will be making his debut on the breakfast show in September. Speaking of his new job, he said, “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.”


Ben Cooper, Controller of Radio 1, 1Xtra and Asian Network added, “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.”

Meanwhile, Greg James caused a stir online last week after he told Taylor Swift she needed a shower.

“It’s nice to see you,” said James. “I think you need to have a shower now.”

Swift took the comment in good humour, replying: “I agree! And I’m not offended that you said that! There’s a lot going on and none of it’s good.”