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Ball v Evans: Radio audience figures revealed

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Zoe Ball, the first female radio host of BBC Radio 2's Breakfast Show, has kept the show's audience after taking over from former host Chris Evans.

From January, when she took over, to March, Ball had an average weekly audience of 9.05 million – almost unchanged from the 9.07 million for Evans's final three months.

Evans left his job on the Radio 2 Breakfast Show in December after nine years to present a new breakfast programme on rival network Virgin.

Image: Evans has helped Virgin Radio break the one million listener barrier

Figures show he attracted an average weekly audience of more than one million during his first three months on air across Virgin Radio, Virgin Anthems and Virgin Chilled – up from 427,000 in the same period the year before.

Evans said: "Last year, I said I wanted a new mountain to climb. And the view from the top of the News Tower isn't half bad.

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"But really this is just base camp. I'm back in my spiritual home and loving every minute of it."

Ball said she was "supersized giddy" to have so many listeners.

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Zoe Ball leaves the Radio 2 Breakfast Show at BBC Broadcasting House in London after being named first female host, replacing Chris Evans
Image: Ball had an average weekly audience of 9.05 million listeners

"It was such a gift to be asked to follow Chris and Sir Terry (Wogan) as host of the Radio 2 Breakfast Show but also a great responsibility," she said.

"Thanks to the listeners for giving us a chance and for getting so involved in the show's antics.

"We can't wait to embark on more adventures together".

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