The Radio 1 Breakfast Show

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The Radio 1 Breakfast Show
Other names The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw
Genre Music, chat
Running time 210 minutes (6:30 am–10:00 am)
Country United Kingdom
Language(s) English
Home station BBC Radio 1
Hosted by Nick Grimshaw
Produced by Will Foster and Fiona Hanlon
Recording studio Studio 82A, Broadcasting House, London
Air dates since 30 September 1967
Audio format Stereophonic sound
Website Official site
Podcast Best of Nick Grimshaw

The Radio 1 Breakfast Show, currently known as The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw, is the flagship show on BBC Radio 1. Since 24 September 2012 it has been hosted by Nick Grimshaw, who took over from Chris Moyles, the show's longest-serving presenter to date.

History[edit]

The first breakfast show presenter was Tony Blackburn, who spoke the first words on Radio 1 and remained in the slot for nearly six years. Other DJs who have hosted the breakfast show for more than five years are Mike Read, Simon Mayo and Chris Moyles. Moyles is the longest-serving Radio 1 breakfast show presenter, having hosted The Chris Moyles Show for eight-and-a-half years.

Hosts[edit]

No Presenter From To Duration
1 Blackburn, TonyTony Blackburn 30 September 1967 (1967-09-30) 1 June 1973 (1973-06-01) 5 years, 8 months
2 Edmonds, NoelNoel Edmonds 4 June 1973 (1973-06-04) 28 April 1978 (1978-04-28) 4 years, 10 months
3 Travis, Dave LeeDave Lee Travis 2 May 1978 (1978-05-02) 2 January 1981 2 years, 7 months
4 Read, MikeMike Read 5 January 1981 (1981-01) 11 April 1986 (1986-04) 5 years, 3 months
5 Smith, MikeMike Smith 5 May 1986 (1986-05) 17 May 1988 (1988-05) 2 years
6 Mayo, SimonSimon Mayo 23 May 1988 (1988-05) 3 September 1993 (1993-09) 5 years, 4 months
7 Goodier, MarkMark Goodier 6 September 1993 24 December 1993 (1993-12) 2 months
8 Wright, SteveSteve Wright 10 January 1994 (1994-01) 21 April 1995 (1995-04-21) 1 year, 3 months
9 Evans, ChrisChris Evans 24 April 1995 (1995-04-24) 17 January 1997 (1997-01-17) 1 year, 8 months
10 Mark and Lard 10 February 1997 (1997-02-10) 10 October 1997 (1997-10-10) 8 months
11 Kevin Greening and Zoë Ball 13 October 1997 (1997-10-13) 25 September 1998 (1998-09-25) 11 months
12 Ball, ZoeZoë Ball 12 October 1998 (1998-10-12) March 2000 (2000-03) 1 year, 4 months
13 Cox, SaraSara Cox 31 March 2000 (2000-03-31) 19 December 2003 (2003-12-19) 3 years, 8 months
14 Moyles, ChrisChris Moyles 5 January 2004 (2004-01-05) 14 September 2012 (2012-09-14) 8 years, 8 months
15 Grimshaw, NickNick Grimshaw 24 September 2012 (2012-09-24) present (present) 4 years, 4 months

Current Cover DJs[edit]

Current incarnation[edit]

Nick Grimshaw replaced Moyles as host of the breakfast show on 24 September 2012.[4] Features include Call or Delete – a game carried on from his previous show on Radio 1, where celebrity guests choose to either prank call a contact on their phone or delete their number altogether.[5] Other segments include The Nixtape – which sees Grimshaw select 30 minutes of party-oriented music before a DJ comes in to mix listener requests to close the week, Happy Monday, a half-hour of uplifting songs on Monday mornings, Showquizness, an irreverent daily quiz based around pop culture, Happy Hardcore FM, which sees listeners phone into the show to scream over happy hardcore beats, and the daily Waking Up Song, which features celebrities encouraging listeners to get out of bed to the sound of Pharoahe Monch. Grimshaw's incarnation of the breakfast show has received strong critical reviews through his tenure[6][7] but has polarised public opinion, which is reflected in the show's often fluctuating listening figures - as of February 2015, the show has 5.9 million listeners, with a small increase in listenership of 100,000.[8] The Newsbeat news and sport bulletins are presented by Tina Daheley at 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30 and 9:30; there is also entertainment news from Sinead Garven at approximately 7:45 each morning.

In November 2016 a new imaging package was introduced, featuring songs in montage forms which are played on the hour, and a new intro replacing the old orchestral theme that was faded out in April. The new imaging is produced by Contraband Media. [9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Read, Jono. "Scott covers for Grimmy in August". Unofficial Mills. Retrieved 14 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "BBC Radio 1 - Dev, The Radio 1 Breakfast Show". BBC. BBC. Retrieved 14 November 2016. 
  3. ^ "BBC Radio 1 - Huw Stephens, Huw's here for breakfast...". BBC. BBC. Retrieved 14 November 2016. 
  4. ^ Nissim, Mayer (6 August 2012). "Nick Grimshaw's BBC Radio 1 breakfast show start date revealed". Digital Spy. Digital Spy. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Lewis Corner. "Ellie Goulding pranks Dougie Poynter on Radio 1 with 'Johnny Depp'". Digital Spy. 
  6. ^ Sam Wolfson. "Why Nick Grimshaw can afford to lose a million listeners". The Guardian. 
  7. ^ Michael Hogan (24 September 2012). "Nick Grimshaw, Radio 1 Breakfast Show, review". Telegraph.co.uk. 
  8. ^ "BBC 6 Music reaches two million listeners". RadioToday. 5 February 2015. 
  9. ^ Martin, Roy. "New breakfast show imaging for Nick Grimshaw". RadioToday. Retrieved 14 November 2016.