Jonathan Ross to front new-look Comedy Awards

Jonathan Ross has been confirmed as the host of the revamped British Comedy Awards, which will be screened on Channel 4 for the first time this year.

The presenter has been the long-standing face of the ceremony, which has been shown on ITV for the past 20 years.

However it was announced this week that Channel 4 had signed a three-year deal to show the awards – although organisers could not confirm at that stage whether Jonathan would continue as host.

However the 49-year-old – who is due to quit the BBC in July – has now said he is “delighted” to remain at the helm.

“The British Comedy Awards is, in my opinion, the most exciting, entertaining and challenging award show on British TV,” he said. “I’m delighted that Channel 4 want me to carry on hosting it.”

Channel 4’s comedy head Shane Allen added, “The British Comedy Awards is a national institution, and Jonathan Ross is an enormous part of what makes it such a consistently must-watch event. We’re thrilled that he will host our reinvigorated coverage.”

The channel has promised to bring the show “bang up to date” and will once again screen the ceremony live.

Jonathan’s involvement has once again fuelled speculation that he will rejoin Channel 4 – where he first found fame in the 1980s, once his contract with the BBC ends. The Sun reports he is in talks to front a new chat show for the channel.

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