Nick Grimshaw to replace Chris Moyles as Radio 1 breakfast show presenter

NME Awards and T4 star to take up morning slot later this year

Nick Grimshaw is to replace Chris Moyles as the host of the Radio 1 breakfast show.

The announcement was made by BBC controller Ben Cooper on the station at 10.30am (BST) this morning (July 11).

Grimshaw joined Radio 1 in 2005, fronting its youth strand Switch 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.

The Oldham-born 28-year-old is a regular on T4 and host of Channel 4’s The Album Chart Show. He has also previously presented the NME Awards highlights for T4.

He will replace Moyles, who announced on air this morning that he will leave the show at the end of September after eight years. Despite his departure from the show, he is contracted at Radio 1 until New Year 2014 after signing a new two-and-a-half-year deal last July.

He’s now in talks with the station about fronting a new show, reports Radio 1 Newsbeat.

Moyles was pulling in over 7.10 million listeners, according to latest official radio figures, but controller Cooper was keen to make the station’s audience younger and bring in younger presenters.

Cooper said:

I’d like to thank Chris. Quite simply he’s been the most successful breakfast show host in Radio 1 history. He’s done it for more than eight and half years and he’s been fantastic.

Chris Moyles to quite the Radio 1 Breakfast Show? Thank Christ!