Jonathan Ross returns to Radio 2

Jonathan Ross

Jonathan Ross will be back on Radio 2 later this month, six years after the station broadcast lewd messages he left on actor Andrew Sachs' answerphone.

Ross will fill in for afternoon presenter Steve Wright from August 26 to 29.

It will be his first return to Radio 2 since he stepped down as a host in 2010 - 18 months after he made the notorious prank calls, with comedian and fellow Radio 2 presenter Russell Brand, concerning Sachs' granddaughter.

The episode - which was pre-recorded and broadcast on Brand's show - led to the suspension of both broadcasters (Brand subsequently resigned), the resignation of Radio 2 controller Lesley Douglas and an overhaul of the BBC's compliance procedures.

Thousands of listeners complained, while Ofcom fined the BBC £150,000 for what it called the 'gratuitously offensive, humiliating and demeaning' broadcast.

Ross apologised and returned to his Radio 2 role, but did not agree a new contract and left the BBC in July 2010.

News that he'll be heard on the network this summer was called 'a slap in the face' and 'highly inappropriate' by Sachs' wife, Melody, in the Daily Mail.

The BBC said it was a 'one-off' stint and that there were no plans to give Ross a permanent role.

'Jonathan is an experienced and talented broadcaster who presented on Radio 2 for ten years and was very popular with our audience,' said a spokesman for the corporation.

'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.'


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