|Other names||Radio 1 Breakfast with Greg James|
|Running time||210 minutes (6:30 am–10:00 am)|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Home station||BBC Radio 1|
|Hosted by||Greg James|
|Produced by||Chris Sawyer & Will Foster|
|Recording studio||Studio 82A, Broadcasting House, London|
|Original release||30 September 1967 – present|
|Audio format||Stereophonic sound|
|Opening theme||High Hopes by Panic! at the Disco|
|Website||Radio 1 Breakfast with Greg James|
Radio 1 Breakfast is a radio show that is broadcast across the UK from 6:30am to 10am, Monday to Thursday. The show is the most listened to broadcast on BBC Radio 1. It is hosted by Greg James who took over from Nick Grimshaw on 20 August 2018 as the show's 16th presenter.
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 Weekend Breakfast hosts Matt Edmondson and Mollie King.
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 host Nick Grimshaw, Mike Read, Simon Mayo and Chris Moyles. Moyles is the longest-serving Radio 1 breakfast show presenter, having hosted The Chris Moyles Show for eight-and-a-half years.
|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||11 April 1986||5 years, 96 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||17 January 1997||1 year, 268 days|
|10||Mark and Lard||17 February 1997||10 October 1997||235 days|
|11||Kevin Greening and Zoe Ball||13 October 1997||25 September 1998||347 days|
|12||Zoe Ball||28 September 1998||10 March 2000||1 year, 164 days|
|13||Sara Cox||3 April 2000||19 December 2003||3 years, 260 days|
|14||Chris Moyles||5 January 2004||14 September 2012||8 years, 253 days|
|15||Nick Grimshaw||24 September 2012||9 August 2018||5 years, 319 days|
|16||Greg James||20 August 2018||present||201 days|
Nick Grimshaw replaced Moyles as host of the breakfast show on 24 September 2012. Features include Call or Delete – a game carried on from his previous show on Radio 1, where celebrity guests choose to either prank call a contact on their phone or delete their number altogether. Other segments include The Nixtape – which sees Grimshaw select 30 minutes of party-oriented music before a DJ comes in to mix listener requests to close the week, Happy Monday, a half-hour of uplifting songs on Monday mornings, Showquizness, an irreverent daily quiz based around pop culture, Happy Hardcore FM, which sees listeners phone into the show to scream over happy hardcore beats, and the daily Waking Up Song, which features celebrities encouraging listeners to get out of bed to the sound of Pharoahe Monch. Grimshaw's incarnation of the breakfast show has received strong critical reviews through his tenure but has polarised public opinion, which is 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. 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. The Newsbeat news and sport bulletins are presented by Tina Daheley at 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30 and 9:30; there is also entertainment news from Sinead Garven at approximately 7:45 each morning.
Greg James began his tenure as host of the breakfast show on 20 August 2018. Roisin Hastie reads the bulletins for Newsbeat every half-hour except at 09:00. Features include Yesterday’s Quiz and the Ten Minute Takeover, alongside Game of Phones and Unpopular Opinions.
Holiday cover is usually provided by another prominent member of the Radio 1 presenting team – the job rarely goes to an outsider. Additionally, transitions between regular hosts have often been bridged by stand-ins. These have been:
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