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Nick Grimshaw to replace Chris Moyles

T4 presenter Nick Grimshaw will replace Chris Moyles as the host of the Radio 1 breakfast show later this year.

Grimshaw is set to be unveiled as the new host of the flagship programme in a Radio 1 Newsbeat bulletin at 10.30am on Wednesday morning. The length and value of his deal is not yet known.

He replaces Moyles, who announced his departure live on air today and will step down in September after more than eight years on the breakfast shift.

Grimshaw has beaten the widely-tipped Greg James to the post. The latter was only recently installed as the new drive time DJ, replacing Scott Mills.

Grimshaw joined Radio 1 in 2005, fronting its youth strand Switch and currently presents a two hour late night show from Monday to Thursday which offers “future pop with a night-time twist”.

A second Radio 1 show sees him co-hosting the Sunday evening 10pm to midnight slot alongside Annie Mac.

The Oldham-born 27 year-old also presents for Channel 4 as a regular on its youth strand T4 and host of The Album Chart Show and live fashion magazine series Style The Nation in June.   

Grimshaw’s appointment chimes with Radio 1 controller Ben Cooper’s mission to attract more listeners under the age of 30 to the station.

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