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Greg James to be new presenter of BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show

PUBLISHED: 09:16 31 May 2018 | UPDATED: 13:37 31 May 2018

File photo of Greg James. Photographer: Ray Burmiston.

File photo of Greg James. Photographer: Ray Burmiston.

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Greg James has been revealed as the new presenter of the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show after Nick Grimshaw announced he was stepping down following six years on the show.

The former University of East Anglia student will leave his drivetime show and in a job swap, Grimshaw will take on the early evening slot.

The announcement comes two weeks after new data revealed that Grimshaw’s show had recorded its second lowest audience figures since current records began.

His programme shed 600,000 listeners in the first quarter of this year, pulling in 5.1 million listeners a week in the first three months of 2018, compared with 5.7 million a week in the last quarter of 2017, according to audience research body Rajar.

Grimshaw, who took over the early morning radio programme in 2012 from Chris Moyles, said he’s “really tired” and had the position for much longer than he first thought he would.

The DJ told his listeners on Thursday morning: “Come September it will be six years... I’ve decided it’s time for a change, time for a new show and, most importantly, it’s going to be time for a new wake-up time... preferably about 11.30.”

Grimshaw joked that he “ain’t had a good night’s sleep since God knows when” and that he has had “jet lag for six years”.

James appeared on the programme and admitted to feeling nervous about announcing his new role as the Breakfast Show presenter.

He told Grimshaw: “I did not sleep one hour last night just thinking about it... it’s too much.”

James added that it’s a “big challenge” and he’s “ready to give this a go”.


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