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Why Is Nick Grimshaw Leaving Radio 1?

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Why Is Nick Grimshaw Leaving Radio 1?

Nick Grimshaw announced on 30th June that he's leaving his "childhood dream" job at Radio 1 after 14 years.

He currently hosts the drivetime show between 4-7pm - and is paid handsomely to do so.

Annie Mac, who follows Grimshaw's spot with her Future Sounds show in the evenings, will also be leaving Radio 1. Her last show is on 30th July before Clara Amfo takes over.

Who is Nick Grimshaw and why is he famous?

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Nick Grimshaw is a DJ, TV presenter and Gogglebox star.

Reminiscing over his Radio 1 career, Grimmy said on Instagram: "When I was about 12 my Dad brought me to London and I made him take me to Radio 1 where I peered through the windows and said "i'll work there one day" and after 10 years of trying hard to make it happen I did."

His radio career stems back to his student days, when he was studying Communication and Media Studies at the University of Liverpool. He also presented on the student radio station LSRadio.

2012 brought Nick's big break as he became the host of BBC Radio 1's breakfast show, taking over from the legendary Chris Moyles.

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Nick Grimshaw on BBC Radio 1 (Credit: Instagram/nicolasgrimshaw)
Nick Grimshaw on BBC Radio 1 (Credit: Instagram/nicolasgrimshaw)

Before that, he presented Switch with DJ Annie Mac and was the host of Radio 1's weekend breakfast show, which according to The Sun, put a strain on his dating life with the work hours he was doing.

Since 2018, he's hosted the drivetime show, swapping his early mornings with Greg James, who now does breakfast.

Why is Nick Grimshaw leaving Radio 1?

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"My childhood dream was to work on Radio 1 and I have been lucky enough to make that dream come true," said the 36-year-old on his Instagram.

"But I've done all the things I set out to do, from Sunday nights with Annie, to Weekend Breakfast, the 10pm Evening Show breaking new bands, to the wild ride of The Breakfast Show and now Drive....so at the grand old age of 36 I've decided that it's time to move on," he said.

Nick Grimshaw on BBC Radio 1 (Credit: Instagram/nicolasgrimshaw)
Nick Grimshaw on BBC Radio 1 (Credit: Instagram/nicolasgrimshaw)

Grimmy's last show will be on 12th August.

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Who is taking over from Nick Grimshaw at Radio 1?

It's been confirmed that Jordan North, who recently appeared on I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! and Vick Hope will take over the drivetime show.

Jordan North currently hosts a weekend lunchtime show on the station.

Speaking of taking over the drivetime slot, he said: "I am absolutely chuffed to be making the move over to Radio 1 daytime and even happier to be working alongside Vick.

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(Credit: Instagram/jordannorth1)
(Credit: Instagram/jordannorth1)

"Grimmy is a Radio 1 legend so we definitely have big shoes to fill but will work extremely hard to make sure afternoons on Radio 1 still sound superb.

"I am super excited to get started and look forward to this next chapter with Vick and the rest of my Radio 1 family."

Vick Hope currently co-hosts Radio 1's Life Hacks and The Official Chart: First Look on Sundays, alongside Katie Thistleton.

The BBC has said Vick will continue with her weekend shows on top of the drivetime shift.

"I love Radio 1 so, so much, having grown up tuning in religiously every single day, it means the world to be taking the reins at home-time with the phenomenal Mr North," she said in a statement.

"Grimmy is an absolute legend of the game, thank you mate for every laugh you've sent rippling through the country.

"Taking over drive is a task we won't be taking lightly, but Jordan and I are ready to put our all into making your journey home that little bit brighter."

Vick and Jordan's first show will air on 6th September.

Nick Grimshaw net worth

Nick Grishaw is estimated to be worth around £1.5 million.

According to The Sun, his BBC Radio 1 salary was revealed to be somewhere between £300,000 and £399,000.

Nick Grimshaw's new job

Nobody's sure where the DJ and TV presenter will be popping up next. Could he perhaps be branching out into television presenting like Radio 1 DJ Maya Jama has?

Nick Grimshaw and Annie Mac in the BBC Radio 1 studio (Credit: Instagram/nicolasgrimshaw)
Nick Grimshaw and Annie Mac in the BBC Radio 1 studio (Credit: Instagram/nicolasgrimshaw)

Only Grimmy knows his next move and we're sure he'll be sharing it with us in due course.

In the meantime, the presenter gave a heartfelt thank-you to his listeners on Twitter. He said:

"I want to thank you, the R1 listeners for joining me on this journey. Thank you for being a massive part of my life and sharing your lives with me on the radio every day. Thank you for providing endless hilarity, passion and an unquenchable eagerness to 'avvvvv it!"

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: BBC, Music

Laura Sanders
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