Chris Evans to leave BBC Radio 2 after 13 years

"I have loved every single moment".

Chris Evans has announced that he will join Virgin Radio after leaving BBC Radio 2.

The radio host, 55, wrote this morning: “I have loved every single moment of my time at Radio 2. The last thirteen years have flashed past in the blink of an eye. I have learnt so much from so many people to whom I will be eternally grateful.”

Evans, who has hosted the breakfast show since 2010, explained how his decision was motivated by advice from the late Sir Terry Wogan.

“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.”

The broadcaster, who is the BBC’s second highest paid on-air personality, said the show was in “fine shape” for the next presenter.

“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, said: “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.”

Evans will present his last show in December. A replacement is yet to be announced.