Strictly's Vick Hope will replace Nick Grimshaw on BBC Radio 1

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Nick Grimshaw has announced that he is stepping away from BBC Radio 1 after 14 years and will be replaced by Strictly Come Dancing star Vick Hope alongside I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here's Jordan North.

Nick joined the station in 2007 and has hosted numerous shows during his time including BBC Radio 1 Breakfast.

His last show will be on Thursday, August 12.

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"My childhood dream was to work on Radio 1 and I have been lucky enough to make that dream come true," he said.

"It has been everything I'd imagined and even more. I grew up wanting to connect with people and to feel accepted and the Radio 1 listeners gave me that and let me be part of their daily life, for which I will be eternally grateful.

"But over the last few months I've been doing a lot of thinking about my future and after 14 years, I've made the decision that it's time for me to move on – I'd like to thank the listeners as without them none of this could have been possible and the Radio 1 family, who have been such a huge part of my life. Thank you thank you thank you."

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Nick will be replaced by Vick Hope and Jordan North who will be co-hosting a brand new drive time show from 3.30pm to 6pm on Mondays to Thursdays.

Speaking of the new role, former Capital presenter Vick said: "What a madness! Drivetime!!!

"I love Radio 1 so, so much, having grown up tuning in religiously every single day. It means the world to be taking the reins at home-time with the phenomenal Mr North.

"Grimmy is an absolute legend of the game, thank you mate for every laugh you've sent rippling through the country!

"Taking over Drive is a task we won't be taking lightly, but Jordan and I are ready to put our all into making your journey home that little bit brighter."

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Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images

Vick will also continue to host her Sunday show Life Hacks as well as The Official Chart: First Look with co-host Katie Thistleton.

Jordan, who has also hosted on Capital, added: "I am absolutely chuffed to be making the move over to Radio 1 daytime and even happier to be working alongside Vick.

"Grimmy is a Radio 1 legend so we definitely have big shoes to fill but will work extremely hard to make sure afternoons on Radio 1 still sound superb.

"I am super excited to get started and look forward to this next chapter with Vick and the rest of my Radio 1 family."

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