BBC bosses worry Chris Evans' lack of international fame will see Top Gear's global viewers turning off - destroying the show's £50million global revenue

  • Evans announced earlier this year as the new host of motoring favourite
  • Takes over from Jeremy Clarkson and co with show sold around the world
  • But with Evans unknown outside UK, chiefs worry viewing figures may fall
  • They are said to be anxious that £50m international revenues will be hit if audience don't take to new host 

BBC chiefs are panicking that the new-look Top Gear will fail internationally - because Chris Evans isn't well enough known around the world.

Finance bosses are worried the show's global audience will collapse due to the the One Show host's lack of notoriety.

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May brought in 350million viewers in 214 territories with their latest and final series of the BBC favourite.

BBC chiefs are panicking that the new look Top Gear will fail internationally - because Chris Evans (pictured) isn't well enough known around the world

Through selling-on fees, the broadcaster raked in £50million in commercial revenue in that 12 months alone.

But there are now real anxieties that mammoth figure will be affected if viewers around the world fail to take to the former TGI Friday star.

A source told The Sun: 'British audiences are going to know exactly who Evans is, but globally the viewers are going to be at a loss.

'If they don't connect with his presenting style straight away, they could be turned off forever. It's a huge concern.'

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May brought in 350million viewers in 214 territories with their latest and final series of the BBC favourite. But with Evans relatively unknown outside the UK, channel bosses worry that the £50m the trio previously brought in will be decimated

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May brought in 350million viewers in 214 territories with their latest and final series of the BBC favourite. But with Evans relatively unknown outside the UK, channel bosses worry that the £50m the trio previously brought in will be decimated

In the hope of boosting his profile, BBC Worldwide are sending the petrol-head breakfast radio host to a TV festival in Cannes next month.

Evans was picked to take over fronting Top Gear earlier this year after Jeremy Clarkson was sacked for punching a producer in a row over cold food.

Both May and Hammond followed him out of the door, with the trio recently signing a contract to front a new motoring magazine series on Amazon. 

A BBC Worldwide spokesperson said: 'There’s huge international interest in Top Gear and MIPCOM is the perfect opportunity for Chris to meet our international partners.'

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