Chris Evans is leaving the BBC to join major rival 2 years ago

Chris Evans is leaving the BBC to join major rival

Chris Evans is leaving BBC radio. Again.

The popular broadcaster announced on Monday that he is ending his tenure at Radio 2 after 13 years. "I'm going to leave - I'm leaving Radio 2," he announced to listeners, before promising to stay until Christmas.

 

He went on to use a cryptic mountaineering analogy to explain his decision: "Some of us are mountain climbers. If you get to the top of your favourite mountain and you stay there, you become an observer. I want to keep climbing."


He then played 'Twist and Shout' by the Beatles and added: "You have to keep shaking it up."

Evans is currently the second highest-paid star at the BBC, earning £1.6 million per year, but is leaving to rejoin Virgin Radio as host of their new breakfast show. He of course took over the Radio 2 gig from Sir Terry Wogan in 2010, and regularly attracted 9m listeners - more than any other UK radio programme.