'I've had the time of my life': Nick Grimshaw bows out of BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show amidst stream of tributes

'I've had the time of my life': Nick Grimshaw bows out of BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show amidst stream of tributes

Nick Grimshaw has bowed out of BBC Radio 1’s Breakfast Show, with his final broadcast as host drawing tributes from across the industry this morning (August 9).

Grimshaw, who will move to the Drivetime slot vacated by Greg James, the station’s new breakfast host, said he’s “proud to have been part of such an iconic show”.

The swap was first revealed in May.

Grimshaw said: “I’ve had the time of my life doing the Radio 1 Breakfast Show and I’m proud to have been part of such an iconic show. Thanks to everyone that has listened and I can’t wait to set my alarm a little later and be back with you all at 4pm from September 3.”

Ben Cooper, controller, Radio 1, 1Xtra and Asian Network paid tribute to the presenter, who can now look forward to a “lie in”.

“I’d like to thank Grimmy for doing what I asked him to do, which was take us from a traditional radio station to a multimedia youth brand, now with 10 million weekly listeners, 16 million weekly YouTube views and 10 million social followers,” Cooper commented.

“I’d also like to thank him for getting up early for the country, enjoy your lie in.”

Olly Murs and Grimshaw’s BBC Radio 1 colleagues Clara Amfo, Scott Mills and Adele Roberts were among those to pay tribute on Twitter.

In the current issue of Music Week, on sale now, the station’s head of programming, Aled Haydn Jones, looks ahead to Greg James’ upcoming Breakfast Show reign. Subscribers can read the interview in full here.

Revisit our coverage of the 50th anniversary of BBC Radio 1 and Radio 2 here.

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