Jonathan Ross to return to BBC

TV star was suspended after prank on Andrew Sachs

LONDON -- Suspended BBC TV and radio star Jonathan Ross will be back on BBC screens Jan. 23 following a three-month ban imposed after the so-called "Sachsgate" affair.

Ross will return to presenting his weekly "Friday Night With Jonathan Ross" show and host his Saturday morning radio show on BBC 2 the next day.

The star, rumored to be the BBC's highest paid entertainment talent, was suspended without pay for three months after he and fellow comedian Russell Brand left obscene messages on the voicemail of former "Fawlty Towers" star Andrew Sachs.

The radio broadcast generated more than 40,000 complaints, forcing the resignation of BBC Radio 2 head Lesley Douglas and head of compliance Dave Barber. Brand also resigned from the BBC.

The BBC is keeping plans for the show under wraps, and it is not clear how the pubcaster plans to rehabilitate the star, who has taken a battering on newspaper opinion pages for his role in the affair. Brand has, as yet, no further plans to work with the BBC.