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Nick Grimshaw Kickstarts BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Debut

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By Asha Ladwa on Monday 24th September 2012 Photo by Lia Toby/

Nick Grimshaw has made his debut as Radio 1's breakfast show host this morning, replacing Chris Moyles after his eight-and-a-half year stint on the popular radio show.

The 28-year-old DJ officially succeeded Chris Moyles at 6.30am on Monday morning (Sept. 24) kicking off his first show by playing 'Paris' by hip-hop artists Jay-Z and Kanye West.

''So, this is happening. This is…actually happening,'' Grimshaw said in his opening link. ''Good morning, Great Britain, and welcome to this, a brand new breakfast show on BBC Radio 1. Hi. My name is Nick Grimshaw, good morning everybody.''

After commenting that he hoped to stay in his position as breakfast show host ''until the country uprises and I get thrown back to the night time,'' Grimshaw, popularly known as 'Grimmy,' name- checked previous Radio 1 breakfast show hosts including Moyles and Sara Cox, saying that it was ''time to follow in the footsteps of some of my favourite people…and do the very difficult job of talking inbetween records.''

Continued the Oldham-born broadcaster,

''It’s quite a surreal day for me. I’ve been dreaming of this since I was a little child, and now it is day one of the big job. I’m nervous, I’m excited, but I’m happy and - more than anything - just desperate to get on with it. So, shall we do it? Let’s do the Radio 1 breakfast show!''

Bosses will be hoping Grimshaw, who is 10 years younger than Moyles, can bring in listeners from its target 15 to 29 target audience.

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