Monday, 3 September 2018
Chris Evans to leave BBC Radio 2
BBC Radio 2 today announced that Radio 2 Breakfast Show presenter Chris Evans will be leaving the network. Thirteen years after presenting his first show for the station, he will broadcast his last show in December 2018.
Chris says: “I have absolutely loved every single moment of my time at Radio 2. The last 13 years have flashed by in what seems like the blink of an eye. I have learnt so much from so many people to whom I will be eternally grateful.
"As Sir Terry said before me, there’s never a right time to leave something you love but there might be a wrong time if you hang on too long. I honestly think The Breakfast Show is currently as positive, useful, sunny and inclusive as it has ever been. In fine shape for its next custodian. Whoever that turns out to be, I wish them all the very best, they are in for an absolute blast.”
Tony Hall, Director-General of the BBC, says: “Chris has been an absolutely first-class presenter of the Breakfast Show. He has brought both warmth and a genuine insight into what listeners want. He has given 100 percent to each of his BBC projects, including raising millions of pounds for Children in Need. I’d like to thank him for all his efforts over the years and wish him all the best for the future.”
Chris first joined Radio 2 in September 2005 as the host of the Saturday afternoon show, moving to Drive Time in April 2006. Chris subsequently won Sony Music Radio Personality of the Year 2006, 2007 and 2009 and Drive Time won The Entertainment Award in 2007 and 2009. Chris took over from Sir Terry Wogan as the host of the Radio 2 Breakfast Show in January 2010, taking the show to a peak audience of 9.91m (RAJAR - Q2 2014). Chris won the ARIA for Best Music Radio Breakfast Show in 2016, the same year that Radio 2 won Best National Station.
During his time on the Breakfast Show, Chris has raised many millions of pounds for Children in Need, from his two annual festivals CarFest as well as his on-air fundraising. In 2011, Chris created and launched 500 Words, a children’s story writing competition. This year, the initiative attracted a record 134,780 entries, with the final taking place at Hampton Court Palace in the presence of honorary judge, The Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cornwall. The programme currently has a weekly audience of 9.04m (RAJAR - Q2 2018), making it the UK’s most listened to radio programme.
Bob Shennan, Director, BBC Radio and Music (and former Radio 2 Controller), says: “Chris has been done an incredible job for Radio 2 for more than a decade. He has taken Breakfast radio to new heights and is one of the greats. We will miss him and plan to build an even stronger station, taking inspiration from both his, and his predecessor Sir Terry Wogan’s, legacy.”
Lewis Carnie, Head of Radio 2, says: “Over the past eight years on Breakfast, Chris has built an incredibly close relationship with the Radio 2 audience. I’d like to thank him, on behalf of them all, for becoming their friend via the airwaves. We look forward to launching a brand new Radio 2 Breakfast Show early in the New Year.”