The thing facing new BBC Radio 1 breakfast host Nick Grimshaw is simple: you do not try to be very much like your successor, but you do not try to be very different from your successor. I listened to the first hour and a half of his first show (it’s still going on as I type) and it’s obviously a different beast: more music, but not without a bit of a personality. Nick’s dry and his anecdotes are fine, although first day jitters mean he hasn’t quite gotten there yet. My biggest gripe is that it sounds like every other show on daytime Radio 1 – perhaps a counterweight to Chris’ ego-heavy offering? But the breakfast show is the breakfast show, and this feels like a non-event. That approach works for some stations, but not for this one. I understand Grimmy’s a bit more laid-back, but I want to see some interaction with some sort of team, and I want to see some more imagination. An interview with One Direction’s Harry Styles (which didn’t really go many places) may get people to tune in, but not for long… but again, early days.
…there’s what Fearne Cotton calls a “weird atmosphere”. Although I’m not entirely convinced she’s kept out of the dark on this. (That doesn’t explain the business-as-usual mood on the station, though. I mean, Fearne has to keep calm and carry on.) Anyway, after over eight years (and a bunch of laughs from me since my first year in college), Moyles is leaving the much-vaunted breakfast slot on BBC Radio 1 – his slightly pompous announcement here – and then, the tease: an announcement on who’ll replace him will be made at half past ten. Only the news leaked on who that is before the announcement: late night host Nick Grimshaw. A bit of a non-descript announcement on Radio 1, really, but the forums will go on overdrive, definitely. I only heard his show once (it’s way too early for me) and I like what I heard, but I wonder if he’ll translate well early in the morning? I can’t worry about that yet, though – two more months of Chris and his cheesy songs, one of the best things on radio ever.