Out with the old, in with the new: Nick Grimshaw to replace Chris Moyles on Radio 1 breakfast show
Moyles has another 18 months on his contract at Radio 1
The changeover will take place at the end of September – when Moyles stars touring production of Jesus Christ Superstar
Show has an average of 7.1million listeners
Moyles was BBC's longest-serving breakfast presenter after eight and a half years
09:42 GMT, 11 July 2012
Nick Grimshaw is to take over the BBC Radio 1 breakfast show following the shock departure of Chris Moyles.
The former T4 presenter, 27, who currently presents a late night show on the station, will switch to mornings in September.
The news of Grimshaw's appointment came two and a half hours after Moyles, 38, announced he was leaving after eight and a half years presenting the early morning slot.
In with the new, out with the old: Nick Grimshaw, pictured at the Barcardi Beginnings party last night, is replace Chris Moyles on the BBC Radio 1 breakfast show
Moyles, 38, is contracted to work
at the station until New Year 2014 after he signed a two and a half
year contract last July.
The Leeds-native announced the news to his 7.10million listeners at 8am by playing Take That's Never Forget.
He said: 'We're off. I wanted to let you know. A couple more months of us, then it's someone else's turn. Thank you for listening.'
Moyles' departure comes amid pressure on new Radio 1 controller Ben Cooper to make the station appeal to a younger demographic.
Cooper said in a statement: 'I'd like to thank Chris. Quite simply he's been the most successful breakfast show host in Radio 1 history.
Carrying the flame: Moyles carried the Olympic torch in Aberystwyth, Wales six weeks ago
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'He's done it for more than eight and half years and he's been fantastic.'
In a report last month, the BBC Trust found the station needed to work harder to attract more under 30s.
In research published last November, it was claimed the average Radio 1 listener was 32 and went up to 33 for Moyles' breakfast show.
In 2010, fellow BBC DJ Chris Evans, who hosts a show on Radio 2, complained Moyles was 'too old' for the station.
He said: 'It's time for him to leave. Chris has got to go somewhere else. It's time for him to leave isn't it I think he is way out of the demographic already of the listenership.'
After a year at Capital FM, Moyles joined the station in 1997 as an early breakfast (4-7am) presenter, before moving to the afternoon station a year later.
Announcement: The Moyles team braced listeners for the news on their Twitter page this morning
He then landed the breakfast show in January 2004 when Sara Cox left.
In September 2009, the self-styled 'saviour of Radio 1' became the station's longest-serving presenter, overtaking Tony Blackburn's record.
During his tenure on the show, Radio 1 listeners have risen from 9.73million in 2004 to his peak of 11.82million in 2010.
he angered some listeners in September 2010 when he launched a
25-minute on-air tirade against his bosses, complaining he hadn't been
paid for two months.
'Saviour of Radio 1': Moyles on his first day of the Radio 1 breakfast show in January 2004
The DJ, who was said to be on a 630,000-a-year salary at the time, ranted: 'I haven’t been paid since July. Why should I bother hauling my a**e out of bed Why should I come in to work It’s a huge lack of respect to me.
'I know the name of the moron in this building responsible. I don’t do this for free, you know.
'Can you imagine if Terry Wogan or Chris Evans didn’t get paid for two months It wouldn’t happen.'
In 2009, Moyles revealed he had taken a 20 per cent pay cut due to cost-cutting at the Beeb.
March last year, Moyles entered the record books when he and partner
'Comedy Dave' Vitty broadcast the longest-ever broadcast for 52 hours,
raising 2.4million for Comic Relief.
Stage career: Moyles is set to play King Herod alongside Tim Minchin and Melanie Chisholm in Andrew Lloyd Webber's touring production of Jesus Christ Superstar
Glam sidekicks: Moyles with Stacey Solomon on The Love Machine (left) and accepting a Digital Radio Personality Award from Jamelia at the TRIC Awards (right) in 2007
However, that record has since been broken by presenters of Vixen 101 in Hull for 53 hours.
from his breakfast show, Moyles also hosts his quiz show Chris Moyles'
Quiz NIght on Channel 4 and Sky Living dating show The Love Machine with
September, the presenter is set to play King Herod in the touring
production of Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar.
Sad: Celebrity listeners including Andi Peters, Olly Murs and Imogen Thomas reacted on Twitter
Transciption of Chris Moyles's full leaving announcement
So I have an announcement to make, as I said – I have my announcement to make, and I am now going to make my announcement. Thank you very much. And for most of our audience, it’s probably the last thing they want to hear me say. But you know me, I don’t do things by halves – so cue the sad music.
I started this radio show in the morning back in January 2004 and it was my dream job, the one I wanted since a child – the coveted Radio 1 breakfast show. I know some kids wanted to be a professional footballer or a fireman but not me, I’m a geek. I wanted to be on the radio. I wanted the biggest radio show you can get and eventually, I got it. And for the last eight and half years, I’ve had the best time of my life. And I’ve got to share it with a small group of friends and 8 million strangers, every morning for three and a half hours a day. When I started, I wanted to do the show for 10 years and everyone thought I was nuts and some mornings it didn’t even feel like I was going to make it o 10 o’clock that day, but we always did.
The weird thing about doing this job is that almost since day one there has always been speculation about how long it would last, rumours that the boss wanted me out, newspaper stories saying I’m going to be fired by the end of the year, printed whispers of my successor and when they would take over. And throughout all of it, the one thing that has remained constant is me and the team coming into work every day, doing the show, making the audience laugh and the bosses at Radio 1 were happy.
So I find myself at a time where nobody is looking my way, it’s all gone quiet. There aren’t any rumours about me being fired. It’s like people got bored with making stuff up and distracted by the rain and the Olympics. So I’m going to say it, not the papers or twitter, me. We’re going to leave the breakfast show. We’re not going to go yet, were going to be here next week and the week after that and we’ve got holidays booked in August and we’ll come back after that. I just want to give you a heads up and tell you that we’re going to wrap it up.
Radio 1 are going to find someone new to host the show and they’ll put their take on it – Radio 1 can do that when they want to do that but this show is all about me and it’s all about the team and with the hope of sounding over the top and melodramatic I wanted to say thank you to everybody listening to the show for giving the team and me the best time ever.
Me and Dave and Dom and Aled we’ve been here every day since the beginning and now Freya and Pippa and Tina have joined us and we love it, it has been the most fun, the best time ever and even during tough times this show has honestly been the best 3.5 hours of my day, every day. And I know that’s sad, but I am sad, I’m a geek, I’m a radio geek. I’m living this dream with millions of people every day listening, having a laugh, knocking around and I know it’s just a radio show but we’re all in it together. Me, the team, and every single one of us – 8 million of us, but it’s almost time to go and so were off, so I just wanted to let you know.
A couple more months of us and then it’s someone else’s turn to have a go, so thanks for listening and I hope you stay with us until the end because I promise it’s going to be brilliant and for those people who are thinking Jesus it’s just a radio show stop banging on about it, you don’t get it, and for everyone else who does get it – you know it’s all about me. I don’t do things by halves, my tongue is always buried deep in my cheek so thank you for listening, the show may now continue. In fact let’s go back to what this show is all about, let’s play some music.