Zoe Ball in talks to replace Chris Evans on BBC Radio 2 breakfast show

Zoe Ball

Monday, September 17, 2018

Zoe Ball has been offered the BBC Radio 2 breakfast show and is in advanced talks to take over from Chris Evans, it has been reported.

The 47-year-old radio presenter and host of Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two, is in "advanced talks" with BBC chiefs to take over the breakfast slot according to The Sun.

Ball currently hosts a Saturday afternoon show on Radio 2, and has stood in for Evans on multiple occasions. If she takes the role, she will be the first female full-time host of the show.

Evans recently took his millions of listeners by surprise when he announced he would be leaving the flagship programme and returning to Virgin Radio.

He took over the show from Sir Terry Wogan in 2010, and attracted an average weekly audience of 9.3 million, rising at times as high as 9.9 million.

Evans was the BBC's highest earner when the salaries of stars at the corporation were first revealed in 2017, taking home up to £2.2 million.

In the same report, Ball was in the £250,000-£299,999 bracket.

A BBC source said: “We are considering and talking to a number of people. We haven’t made a decision and we’ll make an announcement when we have.”