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Graham Norton agrees two-year BBC deal

Graham Norton
Graham Norton has presented several prime-time BBC shows

Presenter Graham Norton has signed a new two-year deal with the BBC, it has been confirmed.

The 46-year-old currently hosts his own BBC One programme, The Graham Norton Show, but he has also fronted several Andrew Lloyd Webber talent shows.

A BBC spokeswoman described him as a "hugely talented and valued presenter".

It has been reported that the Irish star has sealed a £4m contract and accepted a pay cut but the BBC has refused to confirm this.

"We are delighted to be signing a new two-year deal with Graham Norton," the BBC spokeswoman said.

"We are thrilled to be continuing our relationship with him."

Norton, who moved to the BBC from Channel 4 in 2005, is not the first BBC star to have accepted a pay cut.

Bruce Forsyth, Chris Moyles and Alan Davies have all confirmed they have taken a drop in salary.

Jonathan Ross will be the next high profile presenter to negotiate a pay deal when his current three-year deal expires in July.

Norton has hosted several prime-time shows for the BBC, including How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? and Any Dream Will Do.

The star has also hosted the annual Eurovision Dance Contest alongside Claudia Winkleman and in 2008 it was announced he would replace Sir Terry Wogan as the presenter of the main Eurovision Song Contest.



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