Vick Hope and Jordan North to host new drivetime show on BBC Radio 1
BBC Radio 1 has announced that Vick Hope and Jordan North will join forces to co-host a new drivetime show. Nick Grimshaw, who joined Radio 1 in 2007, will be leaving the station
"What a madness! Drivetime!!! 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.” — Vick Hope
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Vick Hope and Jordan North will join forces to co-host a new drivetime show (Monday - Thursday, 3.3pm-6pm) on the network, with the first show broadcasting on Monday 6 September this year. It was also announced that Nick Grimshaw, who joined Radio 1 in 2007 will be leaving the station.
Vick joined the station in 2020 after dominating the TV and Radio industry with presenting roles across MTV, ITV and Channel 4. As well as taking on the drivetime slot, she will continue to present Life Hacks (Sundays, 4pm - 6pm) and The Official Chart: First Look (Sundays, 6pm - 7pm) alongside co-host Katie Thistleton.
Jordan officially joined Radio 1 in 2018 as host of Radio 1’s Greatest Hits on Sunday and quickly proved a huge success amongst listeners, taking on his current weekend show (Friday - Sunday, 11am-1pm) in 2020, and appearing on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! last year.
The Northern presenting duo (Vick hails from Newcastle whilst Jordan’s love of Burnley is well known!) will team up to bring listeners an energetic mix of the best in music, entertainment and guests.
Vick Hope says: “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.”
Jordan North says: "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."
Aled Haydn Jones, Head of Radio 1, says: “I am so excited for Vick and Jordan. The audience has taken to both of them over the last year so it’s a dream to be able to bring them together to host such an important show in Radio 1’s schedule. I can’t wait for people to hear some of the ideas and projects they’ve got lined up, they’re really pushing the boundaries of what we can do.
"September is going to be a new sound for Radio 1; from established great broadcasters to bringing through the next generation of talented DJs we will continue to reflect our young audience across the UK and we’ll have a lot of fun doing it.”
Vick & Jordan will take over from Nick Grimshaw, who announced today that he has decided to leave Radio 1 after an incredible 14 years at the station. Nick first joined Radio 1 in 2007 and has been an integral part of the Radio 1 family, hosting many different shows across the network including BBC Radio 1 Breakfast, where he attracted millions of young listeners to the station and remains the second longest-running breakfast show host in the station’s history. Nick has since hosted many iconic moments for Radio 1 and has interviewed some of the world’s biggest stars. Nick’s last show will be on Thursday 12 August.
Nick Grimshaw says: "My childhood dream was to work on Radio 1 and I have been lucky enough to make that dream come true. 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."
Aled Haydn Jones, Head of Radio 1, says: “Grimmy has given everything to Radio 1 over the past 14 years and he is loved by all of us who’ve had the pleasure to work with him. He helped to define Radio 1’s young audience, is always supremely entertaining on air, and is an incredible radio talent. We wish him all the best but most of all - thank you!”
Further good news for Northern Ireland’s Dean McCullough as it was announced that he will permanently join Radio 1 to host a brand new weekend show (Friday - Sunday, 10.30am - 1pm). Dean was given his first opportunity to host on Radio 1 over the 2020 festive period as part of Radio 1’s Christmas Takeover, where 33 new DJs and presenters were given a once in a lifetime opportunity to broadcast on the UK’s biggest youth radio station, and has since hosted Friday Early Breakfast on the station. Dean’s first show will be on Friday, 10 September. Dean’s new show will be broadcast from Salford and is the first Radio 1 programme to move out of London as part of the BBC’s Across The UK plans, announced by the Director General earlier this year.
Dean McCullough says: “When I applied for the Christmas cover gig in December I didn’t think for one second that I’d get it, never mind landing my own show six months later, I’m absolutely buzzing. So let me get this straight, we get to hang out every weekend, cause absolute CHAOS and party to all the biggest Radio 1 anthems? That’s iconic!
“This one’s for my people in Manchester and my wee country of Northern Ireland, we did it!”
In addition to the new shows being announced today, Victoria Jane will be joining Radio 1 to launch a new show - Radio 1 Future Soul. Musically it’ll be a blend of R’n’B, Neo-Soul and all related genres from across the UK, influenced by the musical scene from the North, and broadcast from Salford. Victoria Jane was also one of the 33 presenters who took part in Radio 1’s Christmas Takeover, hosting DJ Target’s simulcast show on Radio 1 and 1Xtra.
Victoria Jane says: “I honestly can’t believe I am now a presenter on Radio 1. I don’t think it will ever sink in, it’s honestly a dream come true. I’m so happy to be another northern female voice on the BBC and to be hosting a show that I dreamt of as a little kid is honestly a fairy tale!”
Source BBC Radio 1
July 1, 2021 4:00am ET by BBC Radio 1