Jonathan Ross named BAFTAs host

Jonathan Ross named BAFTAs host

LONDON, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- British TV and radio star Jonathan Ross, who was recently suspended for an unpopular on-air prank, has been named host of the BAFTA film awards show.
Jonathan Ross set for BBC return

Jonathan Ross set for BBC return

LONDON, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- British television and radio personality Jonathan Ross is to return to his BBC shows this month, following a 90-day suspension, The Hollywood Reporter said.

Brand dedicates award to BBC host Ross

LONDON, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Comic Russell Brand dedicated his British Comedy Award for best live stand-up to Jonathan Ross, his cohort in a controversial BBC radio stunt.

BBC plans to limit coarse language

LONDON, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- The British Broadcasting Corp.'s head of television says the company has vowed to limit vulgar language on its airwaves next year.
No further discipline for Ross over prank

No further discipline for Ross over prank

LONDON, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- BBC Trust Chairman Michael Lyons says no further action should be taken against British radio and TV presenter Jonathan Ross for a prank that went too far.
Jonathan Ross's fate still undecided

Jonathan Ross's fate still undecided

LONDON, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- British radio and TV personality Jonathan Ross, suspended after a sexually explicit radio prank drew criticism, could face further penalties.
Nominee Ross won't be awards show host

Nominee Ross won't be awards show host

LONDON, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Comedian Jonathan Ross, who has been suspended after a radio prank drew widespread criticism, won't be the host of the British Comedy Awards as planned.

BBC apologizes for prank call

LONDON, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- The BBC said Saturday it was sorry if anyone was offended by a questionable prank call broadcast by the British network last month.
Russell Brand quits BBC radio show

Russell Brand quits BBC radio show

LONDON, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- British comedian Russell Brand says he has quit his BBC radio show after being suspended following a controversial on-air prank.
BBC suspends Brand and Ross

BBC suspends Brand and Ross

LONDON, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- British comedians Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand have been suspended and their shows yanked off the BBC following a controversial radio prank, the BBC said.
Ofcom looking into Brand radio prank

Ofcom looking into Brand radio prank

LONDON, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- The British TV and radio regulator Ofcom said it plans to investigate an on-air prank comedian Russell Brand perpetrated at the expense of actor Andrew Sachs.
Radio 2 stars slammed for phone call

Radio 2 stars slammed for phone call

LONDON, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- British radio personalities Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand should be punished for a questionable phone prank, an official says.

'Atonement' earns 14 BAFTA nods

LONDON , Jan. 16 (UPI) -- The period drama "Atonement" led the field when nominations for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards were announced Wednesday.

Ofcom says 'poof' need not be banned

LONDON, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Britain's Ofcom regulator says the word "poof" is not a slur that should be banned from the airwaves, The Times of London reported Tuesday.

BBC Trust rethinking top stars' salaries

LONDON, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- The head of the BBC Trust said he is concerned about the soaring salaries the corporation is paying some of its high-profile presenters, the Telegraph said.
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Jonathan Stephen Ross OBE (born 17 November 1960) is an English television and radio presenter, best known for presenting the BBC One chat show Friday Night with Jonathan Ross from 2001 until he left the BBC in 2010. Ross is to host a new chat show on ITV1 from 2011. Ross also hosted his own radio show on BBC Radio 2, and acted as a film critic and presenter of The Film Programme. Other regular roles have included being a regular panellist on the comedy sports quiz They Think It's All Over from 1999 to 2006, and presenting the annual British Comedy Awards from 1991 to 2007, and 2009 onwards.

Ross began his television career as a programme researcher, before débuting as a television presenter for The Last Resort with Jonathan Ross on Channel 4 in 1987. Over the next decade he had several radio and television roles, many through his own production company, Channel X. In 1995 he sold his stake in Channel X, and embarked on a career with the BBC. In 1999, Ross took over presenting The Film Programme from Barry Norman, and also began presenting his own radio show, while two years later he began hosting Friday Night with Jonathan Ross. For the chat show, Ross won three British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards for Best Entertainment Performance, in 2004, 2006 and 2007. By 2006 Ross was believed to be the BBC's highest paid star. In 2005, Ross was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to broadcasting. Ross has a boldness in presenting, which some would consider often risqué, and as a result, he has sometimes been surrounded by controversy. As a result, in 2008 he wrote a semi-autobiographical work titled Why Do I Say These Things?, detailing some of his life experiences.

Ross has been married to the author, journalist and broadcaster Jane Goldman since 1988; they have three children. Ross and Goldman have together established the television production company Hotsauce TV. Ross is known as an avid fan and collector of comic books and memorabilia, and has written his own comic book, Turf. Ross is known for his distinctive voice, flamboyant style of dress, and his light-hearted banter. He is also known for his characteristic difficulty in pronouncing the sound 'r' (rhotacism).

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