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Please please - not Chris Evans!!!

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Message 1 - posted by JoanSp (U14131048) , Sep 9, 2009

It's bad enough that Terry is retiring, but to replace him with Chris Evans is madness!! A great way to lose listeners to other more pleasing stations early morning. His insane style is not what listeners need first thing in the morning. We need someone with a soft voice - I suggest Alex Lester or Richard Allinson. Come on BBC - listen to your listeners just this once!
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Message 2 - posted by Roukenglen (U10296189) , Sep 9, 2009

Haven't you noticed the many, many other threads on this particular subject? Can't really miss them.

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Message 3 - posted by Si (U13925364) , Sep 9, 2009

Oh please can you not find something in more importaint in the world to complain about than this ? , Get over it , Chris has got the job geddit ? ,Move on please . .

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Message 4 - posted by Zebb300 (U2098428) , Sep 9, 2009

It may have been repeated many times but like a lot of people I will certainly not be listening to Evans in the morning, for the same reasons that I stopped listening to the drive time show when he arrived there.

Since we pay for the BBC it's about time they listened to what people want and stopped ignoring our opinions.

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Message 5 - posted by duffman47 (U14131179) , Sep 9, 2009

OOOO the sadness of old Tel retiring... Still the poor old guy has deserved his retirement after thousands of years of entertaining the whole of the Uk and beyond.

I agree with you thta I am at a total loss as to understand the choice of Evans to replace him. Whilst Tel is irraplacebale... to put this overbearing loud WAKEY WAKEY kinda guy in his place is just plain wrong.

I have listened to Evans on all his shows on Radio 1, Virgin, and now radio 1 again.. and it has to be said that they are all basically the same. I.E. lets say anyhting to provoke an audience response, regardless of taste. He obviously finds himself amazingly funny, and surrounds himself with the sychophantic sidekicks who wouldn't dare to disagree.

I suppose in all fairness we will haev to see what kind of job Evans makes of the show. But hand on heart I really can't see it working.

Im sure the poor 'old' beeb had an attack of apoplexy when Tel informed him of his retirement.
No one else will get his 8 million plus listeners.
But there are others who would have fitted into the chair better in my view.

Still, as has been pointed out in other messages, the Beeb seemed convinced that 'yooffff' is the way to go. All it does sadly is make ppl of my generation find other stations, which are inferior but at least may provide what we require.

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Message 6 - posted by Janewar (U13670698) , Sep 9, 2009

Was unlucky enough to catch the first 15 mins or so of the Drivetime show yesterday -most of which seemed to be CE reading out congratulatory emails to himself telling listeners how wonderful it was that he was going to be the new breakfast host.
Self promotion to this ridiculous degree certainly seems to bear results in today's BBC.
I am wondering whether I can apply for a reduction in my licence fee for 2010 as I will only be accessing Radio 2 at weekends? Only then with Messrs Wogan, Walker, and a couple of others will I be able to hear decent music combined with intelligent and informative chat delivered in a pleasant tone.

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Message 7 - posted by codger999 (U14131251) , Sep 9, 2009

How I agree!!
I listen to Radio 2 all day -- UNTIL Evans comes on. I can't abide his juvenile twittering and puerile gimmicks. Local radio beckons .....

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Message 8 - posted by lillianskinner (U14131208) , Sep 9, 2009

Couldn't agree more regarding Chris Evans!

He comes across on radio as somewhat self-absorbed as demonstrated by his inability to play a track all the way through without talking over it; does he EVER play a track without talking over the beginning or butting in before it's finished?

He has gone on record as saying we shouldn't worry about his taking over the breakfast show as he and his team will "deliver a first-rate show all the family can listen to"

Unfortunately this is evidence that he simply does not 'get it' as no doubt he and his team will now spend much time and many meetings devising a format to present on that first morning - oh dear!

The best current Radio 2 broadcasters (Wogan, Walker, Bruce) did not 'devise' their formats - they evolved over a lengthy period of time and were based around their personality and a mutual respect bewteeen broadcaster and listener, together with a knowledge and appreciation of the music they played - which is sadly lacking from CE's broadcasts.

Additionally no doubt, CE's format will include lots of 'spots' involving 'wacky' phone-ins and 'fun' exchanges bewteen his team ie: just like you can already find on Radio 1 and other commercial stations.

Fine if you like that sort of thing but not for me - and I know I'm not alone.

I stopped listening the the Drivetime Show after CE took over from JW (a few early listens but worst fears were realised) and I fully expect to do the same with the Breakfast Show.

Radio 2 will probably say that CE is popular and that he will bring a younger demographic with him - if Wogan has the most popular show then why tinker with the listening demographic?

It's not the end of the world but all in all it's not good for those of us that appreciate good music presented intelligently by someone with a genuine sense of humour and who respects the music and the listener.

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Message 9 - posted by santaman1111 (U14131300) , Sep 9, 2009

A breath of fresh air..... Everything moves on, and its time the old fellow retired. He has been passed live radio shows for years. Its so boring listening to him reading endless email messages in his gibberish style. Mr Evans is the cleverest of the latest generation of radio presenters and has huge enthusiasm and energy and unlimited imagination. Its high time this prime slot was filled by a presenter that appeals to the masses, not those of the older generation who are stuck in a time warp...as a 50 year old, I am very excited that finally I can start listening to radio2 in the mornings!

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Message 10 - posted by ladytramper (U5399308) , Sep 9, 2009

Ah but...... Did the Togmeister retire or was he pushed prior to the jump? Given his penchant for speaking out with common sense remarks and opinions rather than popular politically correct responses which are emmitted from the bowels of broadcasting house. Perish the thought the powers that be would actually give the licence payer, "US" what we actually want rather than what "Auntie" thinks we should have..... its a sad week for radio2 breakfast show listeners, Im afraid I too will be voting with my feet, I can just about stand Mr Evans in the evening but I will not be able to tolerate him in the morning and sadly neither can my children, 10 & 13, who find him just too much. RIP Wake Up to Wogan we will all mourn the passing of a truly brilliant show

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Message 11 - posted by superb_cat (U14131352) , Sep 9, 2009

Why couldn't someone else take Terry Wogan's place in the morning? Johnnie Walker is by far the better DJ for that slot. Chris Evans can be a bit too much, especially at that time. As JoanSp wrote, "we need someone with a soft voice". Someone who can gently waken us up for the day ahead. I agree with her suggestions. Pity the decision is all cut dried now.

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Message 12 - posted by superb_cat (U14131352) , Sep 9, 2009

Won't be for long if no-one tunes in.

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Message 13 - posted by Bill Bored (U3513269) , Sep 9, 2009

People will tune in - mostly those who will put up with any old rubbish first thing in the morning!

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Message 14 - posted by Bonamai (U9464939) , Sep 9, 2009

Zebb300 says:
"Since we pay for the BBC it's about time they listened to what people want and stopped ignoring our opinions".

If, as reported, Wogan has an audience of c7.93 million (that's 73,930,000 people) do you really think that the BBC will take note of the adverse views of, at most, 1,000 outraged listeners?

What about the vast majority of listeners (around 99.98% by my reckoning) who seem happy with decision??

Golly ... if you lot all (as you are threatening to) switch off your radios at 7.30am, that would reduce the audience to a mere 7.929 million.

The beeb must be quaking in its boots.

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Message 15 - posted by Si (U13925364) , Sep 9, 2009

Oh now lets just think , You dont like something you dont do it , so , Go away and listen to something else , Simple , Lots and lots of radio stations out there , Off you go . .

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Message 16 - posted by BenNevelant (U14131116) , Sep 9, 2009

Sorry Bonami, I think your maths could do with some checking - 7.93million is not the same as 73million...

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Message 17 - posted by sally-pink-star (U14131665) , Sep 9, 2009

Oh for goodness sake, give him a chance! Poor chap hasn't even started the job yet. It's like most things, people don't like change but how do they know until they've tried it. I look forward to listening to Chris in the mornings. His evening show is lively, entertaining and informative, I shall be expecting the same when he starts the morning slot.

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Message 18 - posted by dudebobski (U13914659) , Sep 9, 2009

You dont like something you dont do it , so , Go away and listen to something else

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Listen to what, exactly? The same helping of childish rubbish on Radio 1? (Please don't suggest 6 Music, which can't be received on the vast majority of radios and certainly not in the car.)

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Message 19 - posted by Pete BC (U3716440) , Sep 9, 2009

Give him a chance? He's had several go's at being a DJ hasn't he or did I imagine it? It's not as if he's starting a new career as a Taliban negotiator in Afghanistan is it? ;-)

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Message 20 - posted by U14131822 (U14131822) , Sep 9, 2009

It was of course a sad day for all TW fans when he announced his retirement. I'm no great fan of CE, but if he is the great broadcaster, then he and an experienced BBC production team SHOULD be able to re-produce a gentle start to the day on radio that many current R2 listeners expect and deserve. I'm willing to give him the chance. He's about the same age as me. So I hope he knows who he will be talking to. Most of all, with radio, the broadcaster needs to communicate, not shout or announce. It's a conversation. Think Terry Wogan, Peter Allen, Simon Mayo, Jonathan Agnew, Ken Bruce. None of these people raise their voice, but do have a real strength of voice.

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