Chris Evans is to make his return to television as host of The One Show on Friday nights.

The Radio 2 breakfast DJ will replace Adrian Chiles, who will continue to present the hit BBC One magazine show from Monday to Thursday.

The appointment comes more than a decade after Chris resigned from Radio 1 on air after the BBC station refused to let him have Fridays off to present Channel 4’s TFI Friday.

Reports that BBC executives wanted the 44-year-old to take over from Adrian, 43, on Fridays, alongside Christine Bleakley, 31, in a more entertainment-led show, first emerged last autumn.

Adrian was reported to have turned down an offer to move to ITV after news of Chris’s potential move to The One Show was leaked.

Adrian is yet to sign a new BBC deal, but he is likely to stay on the show, with Chris hosting on Fridays.

A BBC spokeswoman would not confirm the move, saying: “While we do not discuss contracts, Adrian is part of our plans for the future of The One Show.”

The One Show launched on the BBC four years ago, with ratings rising steadily to 7.4 million in January.

Chris, whose last regular TV presenting job was hosting OFI Sunday for ITV in 2005, took over from Sir Terry Wogan on Radio 2’s weekday breakfast show in January, a move which is said to have boosted audience figures.