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April 28, 2010

A new radio job for Graham Norton?

Sounds like it.... from The Guardian

Graham Norton has emerged as the hot favourite to replace Jonathan Ross for his Saturday-morning show on BBC Radio 2.

Norton, who is about to begin a two-week stint standing in for Chris Evans on the BBC Radio 2 breakfast show, has also been tipped to take over Ross's Friday night chatshow slot on BBC1.

He signed a new two-year deal with the BBC at the beginning of this year, reportedly taking a £500,000 a year pay cut.

Radio 2 is yet to confirm a successor in the Saturday morning slot, which will become vacant when Ross leaves the corporation in July.

Norton will guest host the BBC Radio 2 breakfast show for two weeks, beginning on Monday, when Evans goes on holiday.

The chatshow presenter and host of BBC1's Over The Rainbow has also stood in for Steve Wright on Radio 2's weekday afternoon show, so he is already a familiar presence for the station's millions of listeners.

Last week the station's early morning presenter Sarah Kennedy told her listeners that Norton was being given a permanent show. "I've just learned Graham Norton is joining us full-time on Radio 2. That'll be nice," she said.

A Radio 2 spokeswoman said: "Radio 2 is currently considering its options regarding the new host of the Saturday morning slot."


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