The original Big Breakfast host has put his own stamp on Radio 2 with Gobsmackers, Juke Box Jury and Golden Oldies.
Chris Evans took over the Radio 2 breakfast show from veteran broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan. One of Britain’s best loved broadcasters, Chris originally made his name in radio before hosting a clutch of TV shows that defined 90s light entertainment in the UK - Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush, The Big Breakfast and TFI Friday.
Starting in local radio in Manchester, Chris quickly graduated to Radio 1 where his brand of comedy and chat became an instant hit. He switched to TV to front Channel 4’s new morning show with Gabby Roslin and Paula Yates, before leaving to launch his own production company. Their first programme, Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush, became a huge hit; the format sold around the world and made Chris a fortune.
Chris returned to his first love as host of the Radio 1 breakfast show, cementing his ‘bad boy’ image with sometimes questionable content and regular clashes with BBC bosses. He combined radio duties with hosting and producing Channel 4’s TFI Friday - an anarchic mix of celebrity interview and comedy consciously targeted at a pre-pub audience. Fronting the two most popular youth shows on radio and TV inexorably linked Chris with britpop and ‘Cool Britannia’.
After selling his production company and a spell at Virgin Radio, Chris returned to the BBC as part of the revamped Radio 2 schedule. Having won a Sony award for his drive time show, he moved to the country’s most popular radio programme: the station’s weekday breakfast slot.
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