BBC left in lurch as Evans fails to show

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Chris Evans left Radio One for good yesterday after failing to turn up to host his breakfast show.

The broadcaster gave up his pounds 1.4m contract with the BBC last week after being refused permission to move from five days to four. But he had agreed to present the show until the end of March. However yesterday morning he failed to show up at Broadcasting House, leaving the BBC to put on a makeshift programme hosted by weekend DJ Kevin Greening which consisted almost entirely of continuous music.

Following Evans's absence Radio 1 executives spoke to his agent and then decided to release him from his contract with immediate effect.