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Grimshaw presents his brand new Radio 1 Breakfast Show
|Born||Nicholas Peter Grimshaw
14 August 1984
|Occupation||BBC Radio 1 host, radio and television presenter|
Nicholas Peter "Nick" Grimshaw (born 14 August 1984) is a British television and radio presenter. As well as hosting various shows for BBC Radio 1, he is notable for his work on Channel 4, E4, BBC One, BBC Two and Channel 4 youth strand T4. In September 2012 Grimshaw became the new host of The Radio 1 Breakfast Show, replacing Chris Moyles.
Grimshaw's first taste of radio was at BBC Radio 1, which he joined in September 2007 on the BBC's youth strand Switch. He presented the show with friend and fellow DJ Annie Mac. He hosted the show for 9 months solo when Mac hosted a weekend lunchtime slot. From August 2008 to May 2009 Grimshaw hosted Radio 1's Weekend Breakfast Show. Grimshaw then went on to present the 10pm-midnight slot on BBC Radio 1 which he started on 1 June 2009, following the departure from the station of Colin Murray, who left to follow his love of sport radio. This show was formerly hosted by John Peel. Although being a renowned and popular radio host, Grimshaw regularly joked over how long his position at BBC Radio 1 would last him and whether he would actually be able to complete his long list of "1000 Albums Everyone Says You Should Listen To But We Only Have Time To Play One Track So Here It Is" which was a nightly feature on his show. He managed to reach number 369 before he left for the breakfast show.
Other features on his show included "Peaceful Ponderings", an interactive minor problem-solving initiative broadcast on the Sunday night show he took part in with Annie Mac; "This Week's Musical Showoff", an interactive new music sharing initiative; "Fresh Off Stage", an interview with an important figure from the world of performing arts; and Rob da Bank's "Monday Night Pop Quiz", between a listener and a musician which culminated in an offensive word being broadcast live on air as the final answer. From 2010–12, Grimshaw was the main stand-in presenter for Scott Mills on BBC Radio 1.
On 11 July 2012 it was announced that Grimshaw would be replacing the long-standing Chris Moyles as host of The Radio 1 Breakfast Show. The last live show was broadcast on 12 September 2012, though the last show ever broadcast under the show's name was a pre-recorded episode entitled "The 1000 Albums Show". His first programme was on 24 September 2012.
In November 2012 Grimshaw attracted criticism from Magic Radio breakfast presenter Neil Fox for comments he made about Radio 1's decision to omit Robbie Williams's "Candy" from its A-List playlist – reportedly due to being "too old" for the station's target demographic. Some days later Grimshaw was in the headlines again after it was claimed he refused to promote Rihanna's latest album because she cancelled an interview with him – a claim which Grimshaw denied, noting that his snub was intended to be "tongue in cheek".
On 24 October 2013, it was reported that Grimshaw's breakfast show has one million fewer listeners than Moyles', and that its audience figures were the worst for the station in over a decade, with BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 4 beating it in the ratings. At the time, Grimshaw's show was close to the record low of 5.5 million listeners, set by Sara Cox in 2003, toward the end of her three year tenure hosting the show. In February 2014, the breakfast show recorded an enhancement of more than 700,000 listeners, which set the average number of listeners per week to 6.3 million.
His career started on UK entertainment channel E4, hosting daily shows. He crossed over to Channel 4 in September 2007, hosting the daily breakfast show Freshly Squeezed alongside Alexa Chung and more recently Jameela Jamil, airing 7am on weekdays. The pair went on to host various award shows for TV and coverage from music events and festivals for Channel 4. As well as hosting the radio show Switch for BBC Radio 1, he and Annie Mac teamed up to host music show Sound for BBC Two. He presented the first ever BBC Switch Awards show with Kimberley Walsh of Girls Aloud on BBC One.
In Summer 2011, he hosted a live 6-part series for Channel 4 on a Saturday morning entitled New Look Style the Nation, in which hopeful fashion designers competed for a job at New Look. As well as hosting the show, Grimshaw was the sole person to decide upon six people who turned up at the open auditions, two of which were then selected to compete further by two fashion experts.
He appeared as a panellist on The Xtra Factor, 8 Out of 10 Cats and Never Mind the Buzzcocks. On 15 October 2012 he guest-hosted an episode of Never Mind the Buzzcocks. On 7 February 2013, it was announced Grimshaw will be hosting a panel show, Sweat the Small Stuff, on BBC Three. It premiered on 30 April 2013.
He hosted a pilot panel show on Channel 4 called That Music Show, which first aired on 2 August 2013. In late 2013, he appeared in as many soap operas he could, filming cameo roles in EastEnders, Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks and Home and Away. In 2013, he narrated Hotel of Mum and Dad for BBC Three.
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