Controversial presenter Jonathan Ross is to quit the BBC ending speculation over his future at the corporation and whether or not he’d take a paycut.
In recent days with the announcement that Graham Norton had signed a new contract with the corporation – and had taken a paycut – the tabloids had turned their attention towards Ross and speculated he would quit the Beeb. He currently presents several programmes for the corporation on Radio and Television, such as Friday Night With Jonathan Ross, but had courted controversy on several occasions.
Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand were at the centre of the tabloid whipped up “Sachs-gate” scandal where thanks to the Daily Mail thousands of people complained to the BBC over the duo even though they hadn’t listened to the “offensive” programme in question and had merely read about it in the Daily Mail. The media whipped up storm saw Russell Brand quit the corporation and Lesley Douglas, head of Radio 2, resign from her job. However, while Ross was suspended for several months over his part in the scandal he remained at the corporation much to the anger of the Daily Mail and its readers.
With news that budgets and salaries would have to be cut at the BBC because of the economic downturn speculation rose over Ross’ future at the broadcaster. The exact salary paid to Ross is unknown as the BBC do not reveal such private details but some believe it to be in the region of eighteen million pounds – though this is just speculation.
In a statement released about his decision to quit Ross states it was not down to money but other considerations. Its believed he will continue to host the Bafta’s and other special occasions for the BBC but when his contract runs out in July will no longer present Friday Night with Jonathan Ross and his other shows for the BBC.