Radio 1 Breakfast, also known as The Radio 1 Breakfast Show, is a radio show that is broadcast across the UK on BBC Radio 1. It is hosted by Greg James since 20 August 2018 as the show's 16th presenter.

The Radio 1 Breakfast Show
Other namesRadio 1 Breakfast
GenreMusic, chat
Running time210 minutes (7:00 am – 10:30 am)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Home stationBBC Radio 1
Hosted byGreg James
Produced byChris Sawyer, Thomas Gane, Milli Nuckchady, Vinuri Perera, Luke Berry
Recording studioStudio 82 Mills, Broadcasting House, London
Original release30 September 1967
Audio formatStereophonic sound
WebsiteRadio 1 Breakfast with Greg James
PodcastRadio 1's All Day Breakfast with Greg James

The show ran six days a week until February 1968 (see BBC Genome Project), then five days a week until June 2018, when the Friday show was dropped and incorporated into the station's weekend schedule, hosted by former Weekend Breakfast hosts Matt & Mollie. In January 2021, the show returned to broadcasting five days per week.[1]



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 former hosts Nick Grimshaw, Mike Read, Simon Mayo, and Chris Moyles. Moyles was the longest-serving Radio 1 breakfast show presenter, having hosted Radio 1's The Chris Moyles Show for eight years from 2004 to 2012.

No Presenter From To Duration
1 Tony Blackburn 30 September 1967 1 June 1973 5 years, 244 days
2 Noel Edmonds 4 June 1973 28 April 1978 4 years, 328 days
3 Dave Lee Travis 2 May 1978 2 January 1981 2 years, 245 days
4 Mike Read 5 January 1981 18 April 1986 5 years, 103 days
5 Mike Smith 5 May 1986 17 May 1988 2 years, 12 days
6 Simon Mayo 23 May 1988 3 September 1993 5 years, 103 days
7 Mark Goodier 6 September 1993 24 December 1993 109 days
8 Steve Wright 10 January 1994 21 April 1995 1 year, 101 days
9 Chris Evans 24 April 1995 31 January 1997 1 year, 282 days
10 Mark and Lard 17 February 1997 10 October 1997 235 days
11 Zoe Ball[a] 13 October 1997 10 March 2000 2 years, 149 days
12 Sara Cox 3 April 2000 19 December 2003 3 years, 260 days
13 Chris Moyles 5 January 2004 14 September 2012 8 years, 253 days
14 Nick Grimshaw 24 September 2012 9 August 2018 5 years, 319 days
15 Greg James 20 August 2018 present 5 years, 327 days

Chris Moyles (2004–2012)


Chris Moyles holds the record for the longest tenure on the BBC Radio 1 breakfast show at 8 years 253 days.

Nick Grimshaw (2012–2018)


Nick Grimshaw replaced Moyles as host of the breakfast show on 24 September 2012.[2] Features included Call or Delete, a game carried on from his previous show on Radio 1, where celebrity guests chose to either prank call a contact on their phone or delete their number altogether.[3] Other segments included The Nixtape, which saw Grimshaw select 30 minutes of party-oriented music before a DJ came in to mix listener requests to close the week on Friday mornings, Happy Monday, a half-hour of uplifting songs on Monday mornings, Showquizness, an irreverent daily quiz based around pop culture, Happy Hardcore FM, which saw listeners phone into the show to scream over happy hardcore beats, and the daily Waking Up Song, which featured celebrities encouraging listeners to get out of bed to the sound of Pharoahe Monch. Grimshaw's incarnation of the breakfast show received strong critical reviews,[4][5] but polarised public opinion, which was reflected in the show's often fluctuating listening figures – in February 2015, the show had 5.9 million listeners, with a small increase in listenership of 100,000.[6] On 26 October 2017, it was reported that the show recorded 4.93 million weekly listeners between July and September – down from 5.5 million last quarter, a record low.[7] The Newsbeat news and sport bulletins were presented by Tina Daheley at 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30 and 9:30; there was also entertainment news from Sinead Garven at approximately 7:45 each morning.

Greg James (2018–present)


Greg James replaced Grimshaw as host of the breakfast show on 20 August 2018. Roisin Hastie read the bulletins for Newsbeat every half-hour except at 09:00 until her departure from the show in 2022 for maternity leave, when she was replaced by Calum Leslie. Features include Yesterday's Quiz and the Ten Minute Takeover, alongside Is It Just Us and Unpopular Opinions.

In March 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Radio 1 Breakfast was moved to 7am until 11am.[8] Adele Roberts' Early Breakfast Show was extended by thirty minutes until 7am. Scott Mills, Chris Stark and Clara Amfo rotated their shows every week between 11am and 3pm and Nick Grimshaw started his show at the earlier time of 3pm. The measures took place in order to help BBC Radio 1 promote social distancing and to limit the number of staff allowed in the studio. The show was then reduced to 3 hours (i.e. 7am until 10am) since 29 June 2020, in which 10am until 11am was allocated for Radio 1 Anthems, also with Greg James.[9] The changes took place until 31 August 2020.

Starting 1 September 2020, the schedule reverted to its 3 hours 30 minutes length, but running from 7am until 10:30am, instead of 6:30am until 10am as previously.[10] In November 2020, Radio 1 announced that James's Breakfast show be broadcast five days a week from the start of January 2021.[11] Starting July 2023 the show airs between 7:30-11:00 except for Friday when it’s 7:00-10:30 this will return to 7:00-10:30 Monday-Friday in September 2023. Starting 1st July 2024 The breakfast show will return to the Covid times for the summer expect from Fridays when it will be the current time of 7am-10:30.



Holiday cover is usually provided by another prominent member of the Radio 1 presenting team – the job rarely goes to an outsider or to a former presenter, although in 1985, Noel Edmonds covered the programme for two weeks when Mike Read was on holiday. Additionally, transitions between regular hosts have often been bridged by stand-ins. These have been:

Current cover presenters


Occasional cover presenters


Previous cover presenters


See also



  1. ^ Kevin Greening co-hosted alongside Zoe Ball from 13 October 1997 to 25 September 1998.
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  3. ^ Corner, Lewis (8 October 2014). "Ellie Goulding pranks Dougie Poynter on Radio 1 with 'Johnny Depp'". Digital Spy.
  4. ^ Wolfson, Sam (16 May 2013). "Why Nick Grimshaw can afford to lose a million listeners". The Guardian.
  5. ^ Hogan, Michael (24 September 2012). "Nick Grimshaw, Radio 1 Breakfast Show, review".
  6. ^ "BBC 6 Music reaches two million listeners". RadioToday. 5 February 2015.
  7. ^ "Worst ever listener results for Grimmy". BBC News. 26 October 2017.
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  10. ^ "BBC - BBC Radio 1 to return to regular broadcast schedule with brand new time slot for Radio 1 Breakfast with Greg James - Media Centre". Retrieved 11 August 2020.
  11. ^ "BBC Radio 1 announces new presenters and shows for January 2021".
  12. ^ "BBC Radio 1 – Dev, The Radio 1 Breakfast Show". BBC. BBC. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  13. ^ "BBC Radio 1 – Huw Stephens, Huw's here for breakfast..." BBC. BBC. Retrieved 14 November 2016.