Nick Grimshaw will play double the amount of music than his predecessor Chris Moyles when he takes over the Radio 1 breakfast show, programme bosses have said.
‘Grimmy’ will play eight to 10 songs an hour – compared with the four to five an hour played by Moyles when his show launches on September 24.
Radio 1 head of programmes Rhys Hughes said “Moyles’ great appeal was the show as a soap opera. We will be dialling down those zoo elements. The production team will still feature, but Nick will be the main driver. He has the ability to deliver a show without a cast of characters around him,” The Mirror reports.
There will also be more audience interaction included, Hughes said, with the listeners playing the role of co-hosts with comments and questions. There will also be more focus on social media, where and listeners will be able to share more content, such as interviews, than before.
“When Chris started the gig over eight years ago, Facebook and Twitter didn’t even exist,” said Hughes. “The perceived wisdom is that listeners churn when a breakfast show host is changed, but it’s important we broaden the output and bring in new people to the station.”
Moyles will broadcast a special goodbye show on September 13 with a number mystery guests turning up and an audience of 200 fans. His final show, after more than eight years in the job, will air the following day.
Nick Grimshaw joined Radio 1 in 2005 and currently presents a two-hour late night show from Monday to Thursday and a second slot with Annie Mac on a Sunday evening at 10pm. He has also previously presented the NME Awards highlights for T4.