Jonathan Ross quitting the BBC could leave ‘hole’ for British music

Primetime music slot could be lost when show ends in July

Jonathan Ross‘ decision to leave the BBC could have a big impact on British music gaining exposure on primetime television, a leading industry figure has warned.

The talk show host announced today (January 7) that he his quitting the corporation – including his radio and film shows along with the TV staple Friday Night… With Jonathan Ross.

Ross‘ Friday evening show features a weekly music slot, and the manager of bands including The Cribs and Kaiser Chiefs has warned if it is not replaced the “hole” it leaves could spell trouble for the British music industry.

“Like him or loathe him, its undeniable Jonathan Ross has given artists one of the few platforms to reach a mainstream audience in the UK,” James Sandom of SuperVision Management told NME.COM. He added: “His show was one of the few avenues for developing artists to guarantee mass TV exposure.”

Sandom added that he hoped the corporation would move to provide a similar opportunity for bands after Ross‘ departure.

“I hope the BBC fill the hole left by Jonathan‘s departure with a show that still provides this opportunity,” he said. “UK artists and the music business in this country needs this.”

Ross has declared that he will not renew his BBC contract when it expires in July.