Chris Evans will return to host the Breakfast Show on Virgin Radio almost twenty years after he left the station. The much-loved broadcaster will be waking up the nation on Virgin Radio from the New Year.
Speaking on his current BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show earlier today, Chris confirmed that he will hang up his headphones at the BBC after 13 years of loyal service. Evans hosts the biggest radio show in Europe, with an audience of over 9 million listeners.
He previously hosted the breakfast show on Virgin Radio from 1997-2001.
Speaking about his new appointment, Chris said: “In many ways Virgin Radio is my spiritual home. I see nothing but exciting and groundbreaking opportunities ahead. In a medium that is changing so quickly on a daily basis, the potential for growth is unprecedented. Our plan is: to give it all we’ve got, see where we can get to and have the most possible fun along the way. It makes me smile every time I think about it.”
Scott Taunton, CEO of Wireless, 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.”
Virgin Radio was relaunched by Wireless in March 2016. Wireless was subsequently acquired by News UK. Current presenters include Eddy Temple-Morris, Kate Lawler, Matt Richardson, Tim Cocker all playing the very best music of the 80's, 90's, 00's & today.
The outgoing presenters of the Virgin Radio Breakfast Show, Sam and Amy, are set to be offered a new slot on the radio station.
Scott Taunton said: “Sam and Amy have done a fantastic job building the Virgin Radio Breakfast Show and we look forward to continuing to work with them as part of the Virgin Radio team.”
*Photo credit Bryan Adams BBC Radio 2.