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Friday, 10 November, 2000, 10:34 GMT
Ross agrees BBC deal
Jonathan Ross
Jonathan Ross will continue as Film 2000 host
Presenter Jonathan Ross has signed an exclusive deal with the BBC, which will see him on two new prime-time shows.

Ross, who is 40 next week, will continue to host Film 2000 and will also stay with game show They Think It's All Over as part of the deal.

Details of his new programmes have yet to be finalised, but one will be a Saturday night series, and the other will go out in midweek.


I strongly suspect the BBC signed me because I weigh as much as Ant and Dec combined

Jonathan Ross
He is also signed up to front a new series of celebrity panel game It's Only TV But I Like It.

The BBC's entertainment commissioning controller, Danielle Lux, said: "We are delighted to continue our association with Jonathan and, in addition to his current portfolio of programmes, we are looking forward to maximising his talent and expanding his repertoire."

Ross said he was "delighted" with the deal, and joked: "I strongly suspect the BBC signed me because I weigh as much as Ant and Dec combined."

Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, Ant and Dec, are leaving the BBC for ITV after they failed to agree terms for a third series of their gameshow Friends Like These.

Ross will also launch Radio 2's music marathon for Children In Need on Thursday, where listeners can choose the music for 24 hours in return for a donation to the BBC's charity.

He was recently criticised by BBC governors and the Broadcasting Standards Commission watchdog for near-to-the-knuckle jokes on his radio show and on It's Only TV But I Like It.

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