Jonathan Ross is to re-join BBC Radio 2 for an initial run of four shows later this month – his first time back on air at the BBC in four years.
It’s been revealed that Ross will cover Steve Wright’s afternoon show after the August bank holiday, from Tuesday 26th to Friday 29th August.
The ‘Sachsgate’ controversy six years ago led to him and Russell Brand being suspended from the BBC, and Radio 2 losing its then-controller Lesley Douglas.
A BBC spokesman told the Radio Times: “Jonathan is an experienced and talented broadcaster who presented on Radio 2 for ten years and was very popular with our audience. He is standing in for Steve Wright while he is on holiday and we hope listeners will enjoy listening to him on the network for these few days.”
The BBC said there were no plans for Ross to return to station full-time. “Jonathan is returning for this one-off stint of holiday cover for Steve Wright. There are no current plans to bring him back permanently.”
In October 2008, a pre-recorded episode of Radio 2’s Russell Brand show, in which Brand and Ross left voicemail messages on the answerphone of actor Andrew Sachs, led to a record number of complaints after an article about the show in the Mail on Sunday. Ross was suspended from the BBC, while Brand and Lesley Douglas resigned. The BBC was fined £150,000 by Ofcom.
After suspension, Ross returned to Radio 2, and continued as a presenter until the end of his contract in July 2010. Ross has also presented on Radio 1, Virgin Radio and the commercial radio network service “The Superstation”, where his producer was Chris Evans.
Picture: Jonathan Ross wins gold at the 2008 Sony Radio Academy Awards (c) RadioToday