HALF-A-MILLION listeners have ditched Nick Grimshaw’s Radio 1 breakfast show in favour of tuning their radio to white noise.
The endless, formless hissing, used in in psychological torture by the CIA, has proved significantly more popular than both Grimshaw’s chat and the music on the Radio 1 playlist.
19-year-old Emma Bradford said: “I only stumbled across static by chance, but it really makes my morning.
“It gets right into your head, breaking up your thought processes and making you scream for release, so it’s essentially the same but slightly less intrusive.
“Grimmy’s got Dermot O’Leary in the studio and will be playing songs by Rita Ora and Little Mix, while between stations there’s a grainy, unrelenting whine interspersed with occasional snatches of shipping communications.
“There really is no competition.”
Radio 1 controller Julian Cooke said: “I listened to some static yesterday, and it’s good stuff to be fair. There’s no shame in losing out to random electrical impulses.
“We have to be open to new ideas, like when Capital replaced Dave Berry with a screeching bonobo monkey. Ratings rocketed.”