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Nick Grimshaw announces Radio 1 departure

By | Published on Thursday 1 July 2021

Nick Grimshaw

Nicholas ‘Nick’ Grimshaw has announced that he is leaving BBC Radio 1 after fourteen years with the station, with Vick Hope and Jordan North set to replace him in the drivetime slot.

Grimshaw joined Radio 1 back in 2007, subsequently taking over the station’s breakfast show in 2012. He then moved to his current drivetime show in 2018.

Confirming his departure yesterday he said: “My childhood dream was 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”.

“But over the last few months I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about my future”, he went on. “After fourteen years, I’ve made the decision that it’s time for me to move on. I’d like to thank the listeners, as without them none of this could have been possible, and the Radio 1 family, who have been such a huge part of my life”.

Existing Radio 1 presenters Hope and North will be paired up to take over the drivetime show from 6 Sep. Hope will also continue to co-present ‘Life Hacks’ and ‘The Official Chart: First Look’ on Sundays with Katie Thistleton.

Confirming all this, Radio 1 chief Aled Haydn Jones says: “I am so excited for Vick and Jordan. The audience have taken to both of them over the last year so it’s a dream to be able to bring them together to host such an important show in Radio 1’s schedule”.

“I can’t wait for people to hear some of the ideas and projects they’ve got lined up”, he goes on. “They’re really pushing the boundaries of what we can do. September is going to be a new sound for Radio 1, from established great broadcasters to bringing through the next generation of talented DJs we will continue to reflect our young audience across the UK and we’ll have a lot of fun doing it”.

Meanwhile, on Grimshaw’s departure, he adds: “Grimmy has given everything to Radio 1 over the past fourteen 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!”