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Rupert invests....
Nov 21st, 2018, 10:42am
According to this article in "The Guardian" the move of Chris Evans (and most of his production team) from a network Radio Station with an audience of 9 million listeners to a 'digital only' station "that attracts a few hundred thousand listeners", is explained by Rupert Murdoch's "News UK" recent investment in UK Commercial Radio.

Jim Waterson (The Guardian's Media Editor) continues...
"Spending is up across Wireless Group, which operates Murdoch’s UK radio brands. Its flagship station TalkSport outbid the BBC for the radio rights to the England cricket team’s forthcoming tours of Sri Lanka, the West Indies and South Africa, meaning there will be no Test Match Special coverage. The sister station TalkRadio has added Matthew Wright, the former Channel 5 presenter, to a lineup that already includes Eamonn Holmes, and further signings are expected."

"Radio Today" features the story, here.

Neil Tookey wrote in "mediatel" in September about the Evans departure...here.

""Some of us are mountain climbers, but if you get to the top of your favourite mountain and you stay there, you become an observer. I want to keep climbing.”
Powerful quote wasn’t it.
It was with these words, live on air, that BBC stalwart Chris Evans resigned from his 13-year stint at the Radio 2 Breakfast slot. It later emerged that he was returning to his roots and moving to Virgin Radio over at Wireless HQ, a station he owned in the heady days of the late ‘90s."

In his article, Neil also refers to the move of Edie Mair from R4 to LBC.
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