Nick Grimshaw is a young man very much in demand. Always passionate about music, Nick’s first step into broadcasting was on student radio while studying Communications & Business Studies at the University of Liverpool. In addition, during his holidays, Nick interned at a music PR agency, working on regional radio promotion for the likes of The Killers and Depeche Mode. On graduation, Nick threw himself into the music industry, continuing to work as a radio plugger, as well as taking on the new role of DJ promoter.
Then in 2006 Channel 4 spotted Nick and at the age of 22 he was signed up as a presenter for E4 Music and the Channel 4 morning show Freshly Squeezed. Nick quickly proved himself hugely knowledgeable about music and with his easy charm and confidence in front of the camera, soon established himself as one of the UK’s hottest young talents.
Having cut his teeth in national broadcasting at Channel 4, Nick was next signed up by BBC2 where he co-hosted three series of their youth music show Sound, alongside Radio 1’s Annie Mac. Their chemistry proved a winner and Nick joined Annie on Radio 1 hosting the Sunday evening Switch youth strand, the show proving a huge hit with listeners.
2008 saw Nick given his first solo Radio 1 show, when he started presenting the Weekend Breakfast show. Then in 2009, he was offered the prestigious 22.00-00.00 new music slot Mondays to Thursdays, which he hosted for three years. Nick now hosts the breakfast show, weekdays on Radio 1.
For the BBC, as well as his various radio programming commitments, Nick has also presented Radio 1’s Annual Switch Live / Teen Awards since 2009.
Nick has also carried on with his burgeoning TV career, fronting Children In Need with Sir Terry Wogan and hosting Never Mind The Buzzcocks in 2012 for the BBC as well as presenting numerous shows for Channel 4 including, Style The Nation, The Mercury Music Awards, NME Awards coverage and Orange Rockcorps. He also hosted Channel 4’s The Album Chart Show and co-presented T4.
In 2015, Nick has become a judge on the ITV show, X Factor, becoming a part of all aspects of the show.