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Who is Greg James? Nick Grimshaw's Radio 1 Breakfast Show replacement; Listeners will no longer be waking up to the sound of Grimmy's voice.

Byline: Nisha Mal

This morning, Thursday, May 31, broadcaster Nick Grimshaw announced he was stepping down from his role as the presenter of BBC Radio 1's Breakfast Show.

The former X Factor judge said he'd had "the time of his life", but it was now time for a change.

Nick revealed the news on his show, saying: "It was always my dream to do the Breakfast Show and I'm very grateful that I got to live my dream everyday for what will be six years.

"But six years is a long time and this isn't a forever job. I had the time of my life."

From September, Grimmy will be replaced by Greg James, here's everything you need to know about the London native . . .

Greg is most known for his drivetime show on Radio 1, which airs between 4pm-7pm on weekdays.

The 32-year-old also co-presents the BBC TV series Sounds Like Friday Night.

Greg was born in Lewisham, South East London.

As a baby, he received three life-saving blood transfusions and was in an incubator for a week.

He started his career in broadcasting at the age of 14, when he worked at a hospital radio station, however he later discovered that the transmitter was broken and none of his shows actually went out.

While he was at university, he presented several shows for university radio and won 'Best Male Presenter' at the Student Radio Awards in 2005.

He joined BBC Radio 1 in 2007, to present the Early Breakfast on Friday, and to cover for the likes of Sara Cox and Vernon Kay.

Greg is a keen cricket fan, and is also a god father to Ruby, the daughter of England cricketer James Anderson.

In 2009, he presented two shows for BBC Three, Sun, Sex and Holiday Madness - about British tourists in Magaluf - and Young, Jobless and Living at Home.

He also had a non-speaking part in a Doctor Who episode in 2011.

James has been the presenter of a string of BBC shows including Murder in Successville, Sounds Like Friday Night and How to Win Eurovision, alongside comedian Russell Kane.

Nick will be swapping roles with Greg, and hosting the Drivetime Show from 4pm instead.

After six years at the helm of the morning programme, we think it's about time the Manchester-born presenter had a well-deserved lie in.


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Publication:Wales Online (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:May 31, 2018
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