Mr Evans, said: “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, added: “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.”
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.
Scott Taunton, CEO of Wireless, has confirmed that Mr Evans will be returning to the Virgin Radio to host a brand new breakfast show in 2019.
Mr Taunton, said: “We are beyond thrilled that Chris has chosen to come back to Virgin Radio. He is the biggest name in radio and is synonymous with the brand. He has the most exciting Breakfast Show in the industry and has an energy that captivates audiences.
“This is a transformational moment for Virgin Radio since it relaunched two years ago. It is the next stage of our radio revolution, giving us a world-class presenter and a nationally recognised breakfast show that will drive audience growth for the station, across DAB, our app and all forms of connected listening.”