Evans issues writ but SMG promises to defend action 'vigorously'

Former Virgin Radio DJ Chris Evans is suing Virgin Radio-owners Scottish Media Group for share options worth£8.6m, writes Georgina Lipscomb.

Evans, who was sacked in a high-profile case from the radio station in June, is suing the company for the share options that were held after the termination of his contract. He is also claiming damages. His lawyers, Harbottle and Lewis, issued a writ to the High Court last week.

SMG has said it will 'defend any legal action vigorously' and plans to counter-sue Evans.

Evans sold Virgin Radio to SMG in January last year in a deal which saw him tied to the station contractually until 2002 via share options.

Separately, a BBC Radio 2 spokeswoman has dismissed reports that Evans is to present a show for R2 next year. The spokeswoman said: 'We haven't even had any discussions with him.'