No Channel Four deal for Jonathan Ross

Jonathan Ross won’t be heading back to the network which made him a household name back in the late 1980s.

Channel 4 has reportedly shelved plans to bring Jonathan Ross to the network when he leaves the BBC later this year. The controversial chat-show host was in talks with the broadcaster but any plans for a revamped Ross chat show on the broadcaster have now been shelved.

However there are at least two other major networks interested in signing-up the former Last Resort host. Ross had been in talks with Channel 4 in a deal reportedly worth £10 million which would have seen him present twenty episodes of his chat show over a two year period while being free to work on other projects, including for other broadcasters such as ITV and the BBC where he occasionally hosts other none-chat formats.

However, that deal now looks unlikely to happy because of the impending arrival of David Abraham, the new chief executive of Channel 4, who doesn’t feel the deal is right for the broadcaster.

While Media Guardian reports that ITV and BSkyB are not in talks with the presenter over possible projects, some within ITV believe talks have taken place to lure Ross to the network to host a weekend chat show – along with ‘several other’ projects. The arrival of Ross to ITV wouldn’t conflict with other chat hosts such as Paul O’Grady, who recently returned to the network following a stint with Channel 4. Paul’s talk show airs at teatime and isn’t in competition with the weekend Jonathan Ross format.

While the second broadcaster, which could be anything from Channel 5 to UKTV, hasn’t been named it has been made clear that Sky One and BSkyB broadcasting are not interested in launching a UK based chat show at the present time.

Ross is to leave the beeb later this year after a somewhat controversial tenure at the corporation which saw the host suspended from broadcasting two years ago for a period of time following a badly judged on-air prank which back fired when the Daily Mail whipped up a hate-frenzy towards the presenter.