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31/05/2018 08:31 BST | Updated 31/05/2018 11:09 BST

Nick Grimshaw Quits BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show After Six Years

Greg James will take over as breakfast show host later this year.

Nick Grimshaw has announced that he’s stepping down as host of the BBC Radio 1 breakfast show, after six years at the helm.

The radio presenter made the announcement live on air during his show on Thursday, confirming that while he will remain at Radio 1, he will no longer front the breakfast show.

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Nick Grimshaw

He said: “It was always my dream to do the breakfast show and I’m very grateful that I got to live my dream every day for what will be nearly six years.

“But six years is a long time and this isn’t a forever job. I had the time of my life. I’ve decided it’s time for a change and a new show.

“I love Radio 1 and can’t wait to get on with the new time slot and the removal of all alarms from my house.”

Grimmy’s final breakfast show will air in August, after which he will switch to the drive time slot, with Greg James set to take over his morning role.

He added: “I’m so happy to be swapping shows with my friend and yours Greg James, and can’t wait to wake up to him each morning. Not literally. Just on the radio. Unless he’s up for it.”

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Greg James

Meanwhile, Greg said of his new BBC role: “I am completely beside myself that I’ve been given the chance to present the most famous radio show in the world.

“It really doesn’t get any bigger than this and I really want to build on the great work Grimmy has done. The listeners have become like mates during the 10 years I’ve been on air, so to be there when they wake up is a real honour.

“They’re always front and centre and this will of course be the case on the new breakfast show. It’s going to be the most enjoyable challenge I’ve ever undertaken and I can’t wait to get started.”

Grimmy leaves the show as the second longest-serving breakfast show host in Radio 1 history, behind only Chris Moyles, who he took over from in 2012.

Much has been made of the breakfast show’s ailing ratings in recent years, though earlier this year it was reported that Grimmy had seen an increase in listeners.