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 One of Britain’s best loved broadcasters, Chris originally made his name in radio before hosting a clutch of TV shows that defined 90s light entertainment in the UK - Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush, The Big Breakfast and TFI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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Event - 30/04/2024 - 9:00 am

Speakers Breakfast

Understanding AI Now

Priya Lakhani and Anne-Marie Imafidon

Please join us in our JLab studio near Oxford Circus at 08:30am on Tuesday 30th April for our next speaker’s breakfast event. Following our sell-out event for IWD back in February, we will be joined by three fantastic speakers for an exploration of the uses, myths and concerns surrounding AI.


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Event - 06/02/2024 - 9:00 am

Speakers Breakfast

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We were joined by four fantastic speakers to look ahead at International Women’s Day. With the theme of this year’s event being #InspireInclusion, we were lucky enough to hear from four women who have each blazed a trail in their respective fields: CEO of Channel 4, Alex Mahon; the former Australian Prime Minister and Chair of Kings’ Global Institute of Women’s Leadership, Julia Gillard; one of the leading voices in football, Eniola Aluko MBE; and broadcaster and journalist, Samira Ahmed.


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