Nick Grimshaw is the new host of the breakfast show

Nick Grimshaw is the new host of the breakfast show

Nick Grimshaw is to take over the BBC Radio 1 breakfast show following the shock departure of Chris Moyles.

The 27-year-old will leave behind his evening shows on Radio 1 to start presenting the breakfast show from September.

The BBC has criticised over the past few years for failing to appeal to a younger demographic with the likes of Chris Moyles, Scott Mills, and Vernon Kay all over the age of 35 and bringing in an older audience. This move will appease those in commercial radio who wish to see Radio 1 focusing purely on their target audience.

Speaking about this morning’s announcement Nick Grimshaw said: “I’m super excited to be hosting the iconic Radio 1 Breakfast Show, it’s been a dream of mine since the age of 11 and to be honest it hasn’t really sunk in yet. I love Chris and have always looked up to him as one of the best broadcasters ever.”

Radio 1’s controller Ben Cooper added: “Nick is a great broadcaster with a passion for music and a mischievous sense of humour, which has made him a hit with our listeners. He will be an excellent host for Radio 1’s new breakfast show, bringing a new generation of listeners with him.”

Grimmy joined Radio 1 in 2005 presenting the Switch strand on the station before it was ditched in 2008 and he moved to weekend breakfast. In June 2009 he started presenting a weeknight evening show after Colin Murray left the station.

It is rumoured his first breakfast show will be Monday 24th September.

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