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Norton chat show moves to BBC One

Graham Norton
Graham Norton used to host shows on Channel 4

Presenter Graham Norton's chat show is being moved to BBC One to show off his "unique talent", it has been announced.

BBC One controller Jay Hunt said the often risque Graham Norton Show, which is currently broadcast on BBC Two, will make the transition in the autumn.

She said Norton "is fantastically good at engaging with audiences".

She added that Norton, 46, who recently provided the commentary for this year's Eurovision Song Contest, was a "sophisticated entertainer".

Ms Hunt insisted the move was not a threat to Jonathan Ross, whose chat show is also on BBC One, but meant there were now "two compelling performers who will be regularly on at 10.35pm".

She also revealed that it had been Ross' idea to write an apology on the first episode of Friday Night With Jonathan Ross following his suspension over the lewd calls to Andrew Sachs.

"Jonathan wrote that. I did not ask him to write that," she said.

"I haven't had any problems with him on my watch. I think he's done some fantastic interviews."

Last month it was revealed that Ross' BBC Radio 2 show would now be pre-recorded.

Speaking at a Broadcasting Press Guild event in London, Ms Hunt later added that negotiations had not begun with Ross yet on his next pay deal.



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