TV presenter Jonathan Ross is in top secret talks to move his chat show to ITV after he leaves the BBC, according to the papers.
The News Of The World reports that the 49-year-old – who will quit the Beeb and his long-running show Friday Night With Jonathan Rossin July – could earn two million pounds a year from ITV, a considerable drop from his BBC earnings.
However the deal would not tie him exclusively to the network, which would leave him free to host other shows on other channels.
According to the report Jonathan began informal talks with ITV following negotiations with Channel 4, where he first found fame in the 1980s.
“C4 really wants Jonathan,” an insider told the paper. “But it can’t spend the same amount of money as ITV so any deal would be for smaller shows.
“ITV boss Peter Fincham also loves Jonathan’s work, so he made an initial approach and things developed from there.”
The presenter is expected to take a two-month break with his family when his BBC contract ends before beginning work for any other channel.