Chris Evans has announced he’s getting out of his three year contract as host of the Radio Academy Awards early and will not be hosting the event next year.
The BBC Radio 2 breakfast presenter confirmed the news on stage with his son Noah as he opened this year’s event on Monday evening saying next year they might just watch a DVD at home instead. He’s hosted the event for the last six years and had one more year left on his contract.
Awards Chairman John Myers has also announced he’s standing down to hand over to somebody else: “It’s been a terrific three years taking it from an awards show to an event that now includes live performances. I’ve really enjoyed it but my three year term is up and I hand the baton on…”
The event, for the first time this year, did not have a headline sponsor as Sony pulled out after 32 years. Instead a number of partners supported the evening: blinkbox music, PPL, PRS for Music, RCS and SGPB Hambros.
Presenters on the night included Mary Berry, Sheila Hancock, Katherine Jenkins, Kian Egan, Aled Jones, Susanna Reid, Elizabeth McGovern, Marvin Humes and Emilia Fox.
Speaking after the event, Paul Robinson, CEO of The Radio Academy told RadioToday: “It’s official, UK radio is in rude health, confirmed by the extraordinary achievements on show at the 2014 Radio Academy Awards. My congratulations to all the nominees and winners and sincere thanks to our awards partners.”
John Myers added: “This was a night to celebrate, and one that recognised creativity, professionalism and outstanding broadcasting from the very best in the Country.”