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Jay Hunt, who used to be controller of BBC One, thinks the Beeb should think twice when planning its Saturday night schedule this year as ITV really needs the talent show to be a success.
Speaking at the Guardian Edinburgh International TV Festival on Friday (August 28), Hunt said: "I think ITV need The X Factor to do well this autumn, they really do. It's a very expensive show for them.
"I don't think the BBC should duck out of that head to head but I think aggressively trying to clip it is something they at least need to pause for a moment and think about it before they do it because it has an impact."
Hunt revealed her thoughts were down to the »
But he added: "[Chris has] made a commitment - but after he's finished he will be solely focused on Top Gear from the New Year."
Evans previously quit his hosting gig on The One Show to ensure he had enough time to dedicate to the revamped motoring show.
Delay in signing deal for motoring show meant Channel 4 had the chance to secure him for a full series of its revived 1990s hit
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- John Plunkett
The race to sign the new motoring show from Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, the former presenters at hit BBC show “Top Gear,” took a fresh twist Tuesday when it emerged that the three are blocked from appearing in a rival auto show on U.K. broadcaster ITV until April 2017 because of a no-compete clause in their old BBC contracts.
The news is significant because the BBC is in the process of revamping “Top Gear,” fronted by radio disc jockey Chris Evans, which it will re-launch in April next year. This would give the show a year to establish itself with audiences before the ITV rival got off the grid. Evans presents the hit Channel 4 show “Tfi Friday,” which is popular with younger adults.
Daily Mirror, quoting a source, said the clause would not stop them from signing with online platforms like Netflix or Amazon, which strengthens their hands in the negotiations. »
- Leo Barraclough
Evans told The Sun: "Unfortunately he has another contract I found out about in The Sun newspaper. He's exclusive with ITV, so it's very disappointing."
It should however be noted that Grimshaw has not signed an exclusive deal for The X Factor, as he will remain on BBC Radio 1.
"He will always be welcome on the show, though," he added.
Channel 4 confirmed the comeback for the show after the success of this month's one-off special. »
Nick Grimshaw was in talks to replace Chris Evans as the host of the return of 'Tfi Friday' until Simon Cowell nabbed him for 'The X Factor'. Chris - who previously described the 30-year-old BBC Radio 1 presenter as the ''future of 'Tfi Friday''' - has revealed he's ''disappointed'' that Grimmy is now set to be a judge on the ITV talent show, as it meant he was forced to re-hire himself for the new series of the Channel 4 cult chat show. The 49-year-old TV presenter said: ''Unfortunately (Nick) has another contract I found out about in The Sun newspaper. He's »
London — Speculation is mounting in the U.K. that the former presenters of the BBC’s hit auto show “Top Gear,” Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond, and the show’s former executive producer, Andy Wilman, are about to reveal the home for their new motoring show, with Netflix and ITV the most likely destinations.
Wilman and the former hosts of “Top Gear,” which commands a worldwide audience estimated at more than 350 million, are set to unveil the new show “within the next few weeks,” according to the Sunday Times, where Clarkson has a column. The new show will debut “sometime after next March,” the article claimed.
On Saturday, Clarkson wrote in his column for the Sun newspaper that he’d had plenty of offers to make a rival show. “I’ll miss the BBC, I really will. Because for every silly idiot, there were ten good guys who »
- Leo Barraclough
My teenage self adored everything Chris Evans did. But in hindsight Tfi was where Britpop came to die
The 90s are back – again. Like a particularly aggressive Ppi caller, they keep interrupting our day. But instead of an automated voice saying, creepily, “we have been trying to reach you”, they instead opt for the simpler: “Wahey!”
We’re living in a deeply conservative cultural moment, without dad rock fronted by the new presenter of Top Gear
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- Tim Burrows
After the successful 20th-anniversary celebration, Channel 4 has announced a further eight-part run of Tfi Friday with the new Top Gear host back at the helm – and not Nick Grimshaw, as Evans himself had suggested
Personally, I would have brought back The Word or, at a stretch, Katie Puckrik’s Pyjama Party. But today we are faced with news that’s going to be as divisive as it was inevitable. Following its successful one-off revival, Tfi Friday is coming back to Channel 4 for a full series, the twist being that Chris Evans will return to front all eight episodes. We should at least be used to Evans going back on his word when it comes to career plans. And so it would be instructive to establish a timeline of these cataclysmic last few months.
A rip opens in the fabric of light entertainment when Jeremy Clarkson punches somebody in the face. »
- Dan Martin
Chris Evans is a petrolhead, with a car collection worth many, many millions of pounds, including the most expensive car ever sold in Britain: a £12 million Ferrari 250 Gto, of which only 36 were ever built.
But what the BBC will no doubt be hoping is that Evans can not just replace former presenter Jeremy Clarkson in the car-loving department but also executive producer Andy Wilman, too, bringing some of those ideas that made his early career on shows like Tfi Friday and Don't Forget Your Toothbrush such a revelation on British TV.
Evans has a long past with some of the most innovative TV in the UK. He's going in as not just the talent, but as someone »
Chris Evans will host the new series of 'Tfi Friday'. The 49-year-old presenter - who fronted the original show from 1996 to 1999 - will return to host a six-episode series following on from the success of the anniversary special which aired earlier this month. Chris -who was recently announced as the replacement for Jeremy Clarkson on BBC Two's 'Top Gear' after signing a £3 million deal - confirmed his return to the Channel 4 show last night (22.06.15). He wrote on Twitter: ''Just written last chapter of new book. Had no idea it was going to start with a secret »
Channel 4 has confirmed the comeback for the show, which recently enjoyed a one-off special. The new episodes will air later this year.
11,751 people voted in a snap Digital Spy poll after the revival episode, with a massive 71.9% calling for a full-time comeback and just 28.1% wanting the show to be laid to rest.
In 2005, Evans fronted just six episodes of short-lived spinoff Ofi Sunday on ITV.
— Chris Evans (@achrisevans) June 23, 2015
His coronation as Jeremy Clarkson’s successor this week has returned Evans to his glory days of the mid 90s, when millions of people were waking up to his Radio 1 breakfast show and watching his archetypal Channel 4 hit, Tfi Friday.
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- John Plunkett
Evans has signed a three-year deal to host Top Gear, and he will be holding open auditions for potential co-hosts who are passionate about cars, saying that they can be "male [or] female, young or old - it doesn't matter".
He told his Radio 2 listeners this morning that there will "definitely be a female presence on the show", but clarified comments he made yesterday in which he appeared to indicate that one of his co-hosts would be female.
Evans has said that a female co-host will "definitely" be joining him, but who is in line for one of the biggest TV shows in the world? Here's a list of potential options tipped by bookmakers and fans alike.
1. Jodie Kidd
Primarily known for her modelling work before a career in TV, she is a keen motor racer and has taken part in the Gumball 3000 several times. At one stage, »
When asked if a female host may join him, he said: "Absolutely. But not for the sake of it. I can confirm that definitely 100%."
"I want to have people who are knowledgeable about cars, people who have great energy, good timing, who are keen to do things differently," Evans added.
After talking about cars for years in his other presenting jobs, Evans is an ideal replacement for Jeremy Clarkson. And with James May and Richard Hammond also leaving, it could be perfect opportunity for a woman on the team
Many cynics said that the last half hour of Chris Evans’s Tfi Friday revival on Channel 4 was his audition for Top Gear. How else do you explain the interminable petrol-soaked segment of the show which featured an overlong interview with Lewis Hamilton, a millionaire racing driver with the personality of a much less exciting man? And then a bunch of directly ripped Top Gear stunts and an actual Vt featuring Evans and sacked Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson driving around in a sports car. »
- Julia Raeside
The Tfi Friday star was confirmed as the new lead presenter of the BBC motoring series last night (June 16), having strenuously ruled himself out of the running as a replacement for Jeremy Clarkson several weeks ago.
Evans revealed that all three former Top Gear hosts have wished him luck on his appointment, and teased that his close friendship with May might even see the pair reunited on screen.
"A few weeks ago, James and I went on holiday together," Evans said of the pair's friendship. "We're going to meet up today and tomorrow and talk about things and who knows what might happen there..?"
Explaining how the new job came about, Evans told listeners of his BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show that he had »
Despite saying he didn't want the job (then downgrading to "never say never"), Evans was announced as the BBC Two car programme's lead presenter earlier today (June 16).
The BBC presenter has also revealed that he will immediately be sitting down for talks with his close friend James May, stating "We're going to meet up today and tomorrow and talk about things and who knows what might happen there..?"
We now finally have a partial answer as to how the show will move forward, but what about the rest of the BBC's "all-new Top Gear line-up"?
Who do you think deserves to join Evans as a co-presenter on this new-look Top Gear? »
Evans said: "I'm thrilled, Top Gear is my favourite programme of all time. Created by a host of brilliant minds who love cars and understand how to make the massively complicated come across as fun, devil-may-care and effortless.
"When in fact of course, it's anything but and that's the genius of Top Gear's global success.
"I promise I will do everything I possibly can to respect what has gone on before and take the show forward. »
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