Nick Grimshaw leaves Radio 1 after 14 years

The presenter Nick Grimshaw is to leave Radio 1 after 14 years.

Grimshaw, who joined the station in 2007 to present the youth-focused Switch strand, has since hosted a number of shows on the BBC station, including the flagship breakfast show which he helmed between 2012 and 2018. Although listener figures dropped during his tenure, Grimshaw was credited with attracting a wave of younger listeners following Chris Moyles’s time on the show. In 2015, then-Radio 1 boss Ben Cooper said he was “pleased that Grimmy is doing what I’ve asked of him by keeping his young audience happy and scaring off the over-30s”.

Grimshaw, who was succeeded in the breakfast slot by Greg James, has hosted a drivetime show on the station since 2018.

In a statement, he said that it had been “a childhood dream [to] work on Radio 1 and I have been lucky enough to make that dream come true. It has been everything I’d imagined and even more. I grew up wanting to connect with people and to feel accepted and the Radio 1 listeners gave me that and let me be part of their daily life, for which I will be eternally grateful”.

He added that he had been thinking about his future in recent months, and as such, had “made the decision that it’s time for me to move on”. He also extended his thanks to listeners “as without them none of this could have been possible” as well as “the Radio 1 family, who have been such a huge part of my life. Thank you thank you thank you.”

Aled Haydn Jones, head of the station, said: “Grimmy has given everything to Radio 1 over the past 14 years and he is loved by all of us who’ve had the pleasure to work with him. He helped to define Radio 1’s young audience, is always supremely entertaining on air, and is an incredible radio talent. We wish him all the best but most of all – thank you!”

Grimshaw will be replaced in his drivetime slot by Vick Hope, who joined the station in 2020, and Jordan North, the I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! runner up who joined Radio 1 in 2018.

The presenter’s departure comes after another high-profile exodus earlier this year, when Annie Mac announced she was leaving the station after 17 years. Her final show will be broadcast on 30 July, with Grimshaw departing in September.

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