Greg is the new Breakfast Show host as Nick Grimshaw quits
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For those who may miss this announcement on the Chatbox, it has been announced this morning that Grimmy is leaving the breakfast show in September after 6 years. Greg will replace him and Grimmy will go to Drivetime. Full BBC statement is below:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2018/r1-breakfast?ns_mchannel=social&ns_linkname=corporate&ns_campaign=bbc_press_office&ns_source=twitter

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It sounds like a good deal for them both. Delighted for Greg to get the show (explains why he's no longer on the Chart Show!) and it takes pressure off Grimmy while still getting a good gig.  I'm guessing Greg might undo some of the work Grimmy has done in shedding older listeners, but like Scott, he's able to position himself as a young voice while still attracting a slightly older audience (something Moyles struggled with).

I wonder if they'll eventually drop the Fridays being the new weekend when Greg is in place?

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16 minutes ago, Jono said:

It sounds like a good deal for them both. Delighted for Greg to get the show (explains why he's no longer on the Chart Show!) and it takes pressure off Grimmy while still getting a good gig.  I'm guessing Greg might undo some of the work Grimmy has done in shedding older listeners, but like Scott, he's able to position himself as a young voice while still attracting a slightly older audience (something Moyles struggled with).

I wonder if they'll eventually drop the Fridays being the new weekend when Greg is in place?

It is no surprise to be honest

I always said Grimmy would do 6 and step down and sure enough it's happened as soon as he's beaten Blackburn

Also FeFe going was a sign of changes as well

Plus side we get Greg which will be a great listen and hopefully still Mills as cover

As for the weekend thing, maybe if Mills starts to transition to R2 then Grimmy takes the chart over who knows

Also Grimmy gets to have handovers with his bestie Annie Mac and maybe part of her show as well "hanging about"

It gives him and Greg a refresh and Mills has had one as well with the chart, although can see Mills being chart only soon and maybe greatest hits one weekend day to make way for one of the others to do weekday afternoons then leaves Mills free to cover shows on R2 etc

Moyles must be chuckling as he will be the record holder for at least another 8 years and longer if Greg doesn't last as long

 

NOTE Grimmy and Greg are same age so this is NOT an age thing

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3 minutes ago, jwbowes said:

really surprises me that Grimmy goes to DriveTime,  not sure what that is going to be like. 

Breakfast with Greg is going to be really good though. 

Greg hero worshiped Moyles so I wonder how his show will look, maybe we will have some proper jingles back and a zoo format hopefully with Chris Smith as the Dom type person and Grace

Although Sophie from Scotts show has just moved to be with Grimmy so wonder if she'll go back to afternoons and this move was to get her used to working with Grimmy

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I'm SO HAPPY at this news. Honestly, it's fantastic. Such a well deserved promotion for Greg, such a well deserved demotion for Grimmy as well. Although it does mean there are effectively no daytime slots for people to be promoted into now - Clara's doing fine and has only been on for 3 years (this week I think), Scott hopefully still has a couple of years left in him, and now Grimmy's on drive he'll probably be there for a few years. 

But I was literally thinking yesterday how I'd love to hear what a Greg James breakfast show would sound like. I've often thought it would be similar to the podcast. I SO hope Chris Smith goes with him, him and Greg would work so perfectly together. And Grace, and Chris Sawyer, and even Sophie. I hope that unlike the last breakfast show, Greg is given free reign to make it into the show he wants it to be. Roll on September!

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One question tho, is Chris Smith moving too? Maybe his little stint on brekkie the other month was in preparation.

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19 minutes ago, Rob P said:

One question tho, is Chris Smith moving too? Maybe his little stint on brekkie the other month was in preparation.

Hopefully Greg pulled an "I'll only go if Chris Smith comes with me". Maybe I'm wrong, but I feel like I remember Moyles doing something similar about someone, although I can't remember who. 

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15 minutes ago, OohErr said:

Hopefully Greg pulled an "I'll only go if Chris Smith comes with me". Maybe I'm wrong, but I feel like I remember Moyles doing something similar about someone, although I can't remember who. 

Probably Comedy Dave

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Here's how it'll look from Autumn 2018 after the 4 day week and the breakfast change:

BBC Radio 1

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

01:00 – 03:00

Monki

Radio 1’s Drum & Bass Show with René LaVice

Annie Nightingale presents…

Benji B

Toddla T

B.Traits

Radio 1’s Asian Beats with Kan D Man & DJ Limelight

03:00 – 04:00

Radio 1’s Artist Takeover with…

Radio 1’s Specialist Chart with Phil Taggart

Radio 1 Comedy

Radio 1 Comedy

Radio 1 Comedy

B.Traits

Radio 1’s Asian Beats with Kan D Man & DJ Limelight

04:00 – 06:30

Adele Roberts

Adele Roberts

Adele Roberts

Adele Roberts

Adele Roberts

BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix

David Rodigan

06:30 – 10:00

The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Greg James

The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Greg James

The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Greg James

The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Greg James

Weekend Breakfast with Dev and Alice

Weekend Breakfast with Dev and Alice

 Weekend Breakfast with Dev and Alice

10:00 – 13:00

Clara Amfo

Clara Amfo

Clara Amfo

Clara Amfo

Radio 1’s Greatest Hits with Maya Jama

Radio 1’s Greatest Hits with Maya Jama

Radio 1’s Greatest Hits with Jordan North

13:00 – 16:00

Scott Mills

Scott Mills

Scott Mills

Scott Mills

Matt and Mollie

Matt and Mollie

Matt and Mollie

16:00 – 19:00

Nick Grimshaw

Nick Grimshaw

Nick Grimshaw

Nick Grimshaw

The Official Chart with Scott Mills

BBC Radio 1’s Dance Anthems with MistaJam

Radio 1’s Life Hacks with Cel Spellman and Katie Thistleton

19:00 – 21:00

Annie Mac

Annie Mac

Annie Mac

Annie Mac

Annie Mac

1Xtra’s Takeover with DJ Target

 

Rock Show with Daniel P Carter

21:00 – 23:00

The 8th with Charlie Sloth

The 8th with Charlie Sloth

The 8th with Charlie Sloth

The 8th with Charlie Sloth

Pete Tong

1Xtra’s Rap Show with Charlie Sloth

Rock Show with Daniel P Carter

 

23:00 – 01:00

Huw Stephens

Huw Stephens

Huw Stephens

Radio 1’s Residency

Danny Howard

Diplo and Friends

Radio 1’s Chillest show with Phil Taggart

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I think this is a great move all round, this way Radio 1 should get a breakfast show with a bit more clout and a host hungry to be in the hotseat, while Grimmy will get a prominent slot that plays to his strengths better.

I reckon Grimmy's underrated on here really, I think his time on nights, daytime cover and first couple of years on breakfast were brilliant and justified his promotion over Greg in 2012, to be honest. I do think his show has been on autopilot for a few years now though, it just feels like the team have no real ideas for it and want any excuse to stick on a mix for an hour or so.  I feel like Grimmy's like Sara Cox in that he's at his best when he doesn't have to stick to a script, so if he's given less of a straitjacket and a decent features producer, I think afternoons should be a return to form for him.

Greg's probably a bigger name than Grimmy and has obviously been angling for this job for years, so hopefully this will mean we'll get a breakfast show with more prominence, like the Chris Moyles Show. At its worst, Grimmy's show sounded like any other daytime show. I want Greg's show to sound like a proper breakfast show plz

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Great news! Looking forward to hearing Greg do the breakfast show but I will miss him on drive. I would've preferred it if Jordan or Alice were taking over drive but I hopefully Jordan will get a daytime slot soon anyway. 

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I've just realised how early this announcement is - Moyles announced it on 10th July and left on 14th September, so just over two months.

It's the end of May, and he's not going until August or September. It's like three months away! 

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Amazing news! So very pleased for Gregory James, he really does deserve the breakfast show.

I can’t help but feel this is all part of the shift away from trying to appeal to the under 16s rather than those a little older - Greg’s show has always felt more appropriate to the late teens-mid 20s audience to me.

As others have said, Grimmy’s had a good run but I often feel he’s being restricted by the format. He’s very good at what he’s been told to do, I think would be fair to say. Good luck to both. 

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This is really, really exciting stuff. I can't wait to see what Greg brings to breakfast. Not only is he a safe pair of hands, and a genuinely brilliant presenter, he's creative and he clearly has a love for radio, something that seems unfortunately few and far between in radio! 

Nick was ace at breakfast, but a few thoughts - firstly, can Radio 1 afford to have him on drivetime, the time when it's likely the most adults will be listening, based on his RAJARs? At the end of the day, it's the adults in charge of the radios in cars / coaches etc, so this could really hit their figures. I do wonder what it'll be like for Nick without Fiona, but Annie & Nick are great with their handovers, so it'll be very natural.

As for Greg, I'm over the moon for him!! You've never seen another R1 presenter put so much in. Never. A primetime BBC One show, a book contract, a podcast, cricket coverage on TV & 5Live, his big features like Rent A Greg (which I debuted on last year).... it's inspirational to see that even when you're at the top of your game, you've got to get your arse in gear and do what others won't, even if it means sacrificing some friends / lots of sleep. I'm also very relieved R1 hasn't decided to throw another bloody celebrity into the mix (I was really concerned it might be a Scarlet Moffat or Maya Jama kind of affair). I genuinely couldn't have thought of a better candidate for the job & I can't help but wonder a few things: 

  • will Chris Smith be joining Greg? 
  • what's the production team going to be like? 
  • will features (Ten Minute Takeover) be carried over? 
  • is WiseBuddah going to do another big jingle package or something? God I can't wait to hear the audio branding, what a loser. 

In short, a great choice by R1 and a firm favourite among the listeners. 

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It takes it's toll getting up at that time, but Greg should of had the show to begin with back in 2012 - if Scott didn't want it. Chris Moyles was always going to take some replacing, even if his breakfast show never reached the highs of his afternoon show. But Grimmy wasn't the answer, saying that he's had a good run. I think Greg will do well. 

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Glad Ben Cooper is finally reading this forum!

I have to say, I think that Greg's iteration of the breakfast show will probably be better for not having to follow Chris Moyles' show - after getting rid of him, Radio 1 had to back their reasoning up and become very focussed on making a show different to the Moyles show, and be seen to actively go after younger listeners, and retrospectively, I would have hated for Greg to have been constrained as much as Grimmy has been in the slot.

Having the show now means that Greg should (fingers crossed) have a bit of freedom to make it The Greg James Breakfast Show, and bring in his team, the sound effects and the messing about that make him such a good listen. I would think Tina Daheley would probably use this as a good time to leave Radio 1 for more newsy stuff elsewhere in the BBC, and they would be idiotic to not let Chris Smith move to breakfast instead. Ideally Chris Swayer and Grace (and Sophie?) would be the breakfast team, too!

And does this mean no more Rita Ora on breakfast?

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Congrats to both Greg and Grimmy on this one, I have enjoyed Grimmy’s interpretation of the breakfast show but I do feel it was time for a change! One good thing that no one has mentioned yet, if Chris Smith does move with Greg, there should be more freedom for them to chat and for Chris to get involved with the show again as the news isn’t simulcasted on 1xtra! Like Ben i’m interested in what the imaging will be like (still waiting for Scotts new chart package as well)!

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2 hours ago, alrite_treacle said:

Glad Ben Cooper is finally reading this forum!

I have to say, I think that Greg's iteration of the breakfast show will probably be better for not having to follow Chris Moyles' show - after getting rid of him, Radio 1 had to back their reasoning up and become very focussed on making a show different to the Moyles show, and be seen to actively go after younger listeners, and retrospectively, I would have hated for Greg to have been constrained as much as Grimmy has been in the slot.

Ha! It's true, I can't remember the last time there was a Radio 1 change that this forum has unanimously been happy about in its entirety. But 10/10 for Ben Cooper on this one. Or Aled. I'd love it if Aled was somehow a part of the show, although I doubt it. Maybe Ben decided we'd suffered for too long and it was time to give us something to be happy about. And tbf it was a pretty big something. Would it be over the top to say we've got our radio station back? (Although it's a bit annoying for me - after three years of Grimmy, and two years of Moyles, I finally found a breakfast show I liked in Adam and JoJo on Capital Yorkshire, and now I've got to leave them. Oh well. Worse problems to have.)

You make a good point actually - I think Grimmy did serve a purpose to change/lower expectations from the huge success of The Chris Moyles Show, and now he's "completed"* his task, Greg can make it his own without being under so much pressure, and without being directly compared to Moyles. Which is probably for the best and means his show will be more successful.

*I did read the other day that Radio 1's average listener age is now 35 - up from 32 when Moyles finished.

Edited by OohErr

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Today's announcement of Nick Grimshaw's departure from the breakfast show is one that has been a long time coming. Some may say it's overdue. Grimmy has had a good run in the last 6 years and considering Moyles was at the helm for 8 years, a change in host to the breakfast show was definitely on it's way, even if it happened in 2019 or 2020.

 Like many others I was never completely happy when Grimmy took over but within the first year I started to enjoy it more. And it's only been in the last couple of years that I feel his show has been going downhill. So for me, today's news of his departure is not only an overdue expectation, but also welcoming.

Over the years my opinion of Greg James has steadily improved. After taking on the chart duties and then moving to some TV work for Sounds Like Friday Night, it seems he is really going places, and by moving to the breakfast show he could be at the top of his game. Only recently on the forum did I mention about how well Greg is doing. Ben Cooper has made a good decision by selecting him for the breakfast show. And anyone Radio 1 fan with station knowledge should know it has been known for years that Scott Mills never wanted the slot.

 I'm unsure about Grimmy moving to the 4-7pm slot. It's something that could work but would also sound so weird. Just imagine if it flopped - who'd fill that gap?

 So, The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Greg James - sounds odd but it could work. Then again it could be completely changed. With a few months to go until Greg starts, no doubt some media production company will be busy making some jingles, beds, stings etc. Let's wait and see. However, I certainly won't miss the current theme that's played, totally awful.

 Good luck to the both of them in their new positions, and congratulations to Greg on securing such an important and legendary slot at Radio 1. It’s definitely one of the stations better moves and I’m excited for this.

Edited by Ryan Pannell

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I Agree with all these comments grimmy didn't feel right for breakfast gutted Scott and Chris didn't get breakfast would have been good if Scott went out in breakfast 

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50 minutes ago, Darren m said:

I Agree with all these comments grimmy didn't feel right for breakfast gutted Scott and Chris didn't get breakfast would have been good if Scott went out in breakfast 

It would have been, hopefully he'll remain as the main cover DJ but I have a feeling Dev might be the cover maybe? or Mistajam?  

By giving him breakfast would have been his finial move at R1 though, so giving him the chart is a new lease of life for our lad Mills for a few years 

Also what's to say if Grimmy went in a year or so Scott didn't take Drive again for a couple years while he transitions to R2, or even covering R2 shows in the week then chart on a Friday 

I agree with you all, this could/probably will be a whole new iteration of the breakfast show, with a much safer pair of hands at the wheel and the best thing they have done in a long time, and it can assure you all its all being driven by Aled 

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I think it will have to be - hopefully he’ll get some features back again - rubbish bangers and how big is your tv won’t cut it on the way home!

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I wonder if grimmy chose to leave or was told to leave. I'm sad Scott didn't get it but I do love Greg's podcast, I just hope grace and Chris move with him.

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