Chris Evans is expected to become one of the BBC’s highest earners after securing Jeremy Clarkson’s old job presenting Top Gear.
Evans, 49, has signed a three-year contract, valued as highly as £1m annually, to lead the show with two new presenters.
It is believed Evans will also executive produce the show, having negotiated a “hefty production fee,” according to the Guardian. It is thought that the majority of his salary will come not from the £3.7bn licence fee but instead from the corporation’s commercial arm BBC WorldWide.
First tweet as new Top Gear host. I would like to say Jeremy, Richard & James are the greatest. And NO I'm not leaving the R2 Breakfast Show— Chris Evans (@achrisevans) June 16, 2015
Earlier this year a BBC Trust report, seen by the Daily Mail, indicated that 14 of the corporation’s top presenters took home a reported £12m between them. Among the names included were Graham Norton, Gary Lineker and Susanna Reid.
Evans was reportedly already on this list, but his place among the BBC’s top earners looks to be cemented by the latest move.
Chris Evans: Career in pictures
Chris Evans: Career in pictures
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Chris Evans in a studio, 1980s
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(L-R) Gaby Roslin, Chris Evans, Paula Yates and Mark Lamarr on Big Breakfast TV Show, 1992
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Chris Evans on the day of his 30th birthday, in London, 1996
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Chris Evans in 1997
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Chris Evans of England wears a policeman's hat having fun with Mark O'Meara captain of the USA team on the range before the fourball matches on the first day of All-Star Cup on the Roman Road Course at The Celtic Manor Resor in Newport, 2005
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Chris Evans and Ronan Keating arrive at the Gala Dinner on the first day of the Northern Rock All Star Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, 2006
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Chris Evans poses in the awards room with the Music Radio Personality of the Year Award at the Sony Radio Academy Awards 2007 at Grosvenor House Hotel in London
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Chris Evans presents during 'Thank You For The Music - A Celebration Of The Music Of Abba' at Hyde Park in London, 2009
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Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans and David Cameron appear on the Andrew Marr show on BBC TV in London, 2010
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Chris Evans and Moira Stuart during Chris Evans' first day as the host of the Breakfast show, the position he took over from Sir Terry Wogan, 2011
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Chris Evans interviews Luke Darlington (L) Prince Harry and JJ Chalmersfor his breakfast show at BBC Radio 2 Studios in London, 2014
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Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans attends the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco, 2015
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Chris Evans with Jeremy Clarkson outside BBC Radio 2 Studios, 2015
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Chris Evans meets Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, following the launch of BBC Radios 2's '500 Words', a children's story writing competition which is supported by the duchess, in the Morning Room at Clarence House in London, 2015
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Chris Evans at the celebrity start at The London Marathon 2015 in London
Worldwide chief executive Tim Davie, reportedly a huge Evans fan, took the lead in persuading the radio presenter to take the job.
The BBC Radio 2 and The One Show presenter had categorically denied all claims he was being lined-up to replace Clarkson, who left following a “fracas” with a producer.
Clarkson’s former colleagues, James May and Richard Hammond, are not thought to be part of the new line-up and speculation is already mounting over the identity of the new co-hosts.
Evans is expected to stop presenting the Friday edition of BBC1’s The One Show but will reportedly continue work on a Radio 2 breakfast show.Reuse content