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Chris Evans' Virgin Radio show attracts a million new listeners

The i logo The i 5 days ago Sally Guyoncourt
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Chris Evans' move to Virgin Radio has seen BBC Radio 2's Breakfast Show lose loyal listeners.

The DJ returned to Virgin in January after nine years at the BBC to present a new morning programme.

Video: The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with No Ad Breaks (Digital Spy UK)

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Listener figures for the first three months of this year from Rajar (Radio Joint Audience Research) revealed new show host Zoe Ball had an average weekly audience of 9.05 million down from 9.07 in the last three months of Mr Evans tenure.

Loyal listeners

Zoe Ball audience figures down for BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show.

But both Radio 5 Live and Radio 4 gained listeners in the morning.

a little girl that is standing in the dark © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd Radio 2 underwent a number of line-up changes at the start of the year, including Sara Cox taking over the drive-time slot.

The station's overall average weekly audience for January to March was 15.4 million, according to the audience research body Rajar.

Weekly audience

This is up slightly on 14.9 million in October to December 2018 and unchanged on the same period a year ago.

BBC director of radio and education James Purnell said: "It's been an incredible team effort with our talented presenters and their production teams hitting the ground running and bringing joy to millions of listeners in the morning."

Gallery: The Chris Evans car collection (Motoring Research)

Meanwhile, the new Virgin breakfast programme has attracted an average weekly audience of just over one million in its first three months.

One million

Chris Evans said: "Last year, I said I wanted a new mountain to climb. And the view from the top of the News Tower isn't half bad.

"But really this is just base camp. I'm back in my spiritual home and loving every minute of it."

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