In a statement released after Evans left the Radio 2 studio, he said: “In many ways Virgin Radio is my spiritual home. I see nothing but exciting and groundbreaking opportunities ahead.”In a medium that is changing so quickly on a daily basis, the potential for growth is unprecedented.”Our plan is, to give it all we’ve got, see where we can get to and have the most possible fun along the way. It makes me smile every time I think about it.” Simon Mayo has announced the launch of a new classical radio station, becoming the latest presenter to defect from the BBC.Scala Radio is billing itself as “a brand-new classical entertainment radio station, offering classical music for modern life,” and has picked up Mayo after he left his Radio 2 drivetime show just before Christmas.The popular DJ joins Chris Evans in turning his back on the BBC, with the latter returning to his “spiritual home” of Virgin Radio.52-year-old Evans was the second highest-earning star at the BBC, taking home between £1.6 million and £1,669,999 for his Radio 2 Breakfast show. He previously hosted the Virgin Breakfast Show from 1997 to 2001, and had his first broadcast back at the station yesterday morning. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Chris Evans rejoined Virgin radio and hosted their breakfast show on MondayCredit:Dan Charity / The Sun Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson described the appointment as a “major coup”.Commenting on the launch of Scala radio, Simon Mayo said: “There are hundreds of radio stations playing rock and pop, and only two classical music stations – until now. We’re different because we’re going all out to entertain, laugh with the listeners, and have a good time. Some of it will be familiar, some new and exciting but all timeless, beautiful and all absolutely relevant to today”.Drum and bass DJ Goldie will host ‘Goldie’s Classic Life,’ which will feature classical music mixes, alongside a narration of his own journey into classical music, explaining how it inspires him to write, perform and paint – as well as introducing listeners to exciting new classical artists.Launching on the 4th of March 2019, the station will also feature topical shows covering the influence of classical music in gaming, mindfulness and special guest weekly round ups. The sound of the station has been created with modern bespoke scores recorded by The City of Prague Philharmonic.
Weir Minerals has launched its first service centre in Hungary to provide increased support to its growing customer base in the country, as well as in Romania and the former Yugoslavia. The centre is in Tatabánya in the north of Hungary, well placed for the motorway network allowing rapid access to customer locations around the country and beyond. As well as providing a convenient location for off-site repair and maintenance works by a team of engineers permanently based at the centre, the site will also hold strategic stock to minimise delivery times for replacement parts.The new location also includes a permanent office for the Weir Minerals’ sales team in Hungary. Weir Minerals’ key customers in the territory include industrial contractor GEA-EGI, ash handling and bulk materials specialist EWB, steel producer ISD Dunaferr and the Mátra Erömü power station. Ferenc Puskas, Weir Minerals’ sales manager for Hungary, said: “Weir Minerals has been supplying pumps and other equipment to businesses in Hungary, Romania and the former Yugoslavia for two decades and we have built a strong reputation with our customers. This is a key region for the business and the new centre will allow us to grow our share of the local market by making the service we provide our existing customers even better and improving our proposition for winning new business.”