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Paul Ross occupies the afternoon 4pm to 6.30pm drive time slot on LBC radio. Paul first joined LBC in 2003 where he presented a Saturday morning show. Paul's style and personality has proven successful as has his ratings. This has culminated in him being offered the important drive time audience in January 2007. This was previously occupied by Iain Lee until a schedule revamp at the station. Paul continues his Saturday morning show he started with which is on at 7am to 10am.
Paul Ross is the eldest of the famous Ross brothers, the younger brother being highly paid television star Jonathan Ross. The other members of the family also work in television but behind the scenes as producers. Paul has always worked in the media with the emphasis on television both behind and in front of the screen. This started in the early 1990's when he was a researcher for ITV before becoming an editor for the controversial late night television show "The Word" on channel 4. In the mid 1990's he started getting work in front of the screen.
Credits in front of the camera include co-presenting "The Big Breakfast" on channel 4 and hosting some game shows to moderate success. In the late 1990's he was given his own television show on ITV which was self titled and broadcast in the evening which ran for two years from 1997 to 98. The following years saw Paul Ross do a variety of television work. This includes appearing as a panelist on celebrity game shows, presenting on a satellite shopping channel and being on a celebrity reality TV show. He was also a popular choice for giving comments on top 100 list and nostalgia compilation shows. Paul still does television work as a showbiz reporter and film critic for the "This Morning" programme on ITV but this will probably be far less frequent now due to his new 5 times a week LBC commitment.
The LBC show Paul Ross does is similar to Steve Allen in content and style but Paul takes callers on his show where Steve doesn't. The similiarity is in the subjects they talk about. Paul has a clear interest in celebrity and showbiz gossip and discusses this often. This is regularly to the detriment of the celebrity or reality TV star he's talking about. Paul also shares his brother's passion in films and is very knowledgeable in this regard. Paul has many celebrity freinds and often has gossip that no one else knows which he reveals on his show. He also gets information on television shows that's not public knowledge due to his contacts in the television industry. This has caused problems for Paul after his wondering tongue caused his mother to be fired from her job. She was an extra in "Eastenders" and revealed an important Christmas storyline to Paul. Paul then shared this with his listeners on his Saturday morning show which led to his mother losing her job.
Paul Ross like other LBC presenters likes to talk about the news of the day, he does this with alot of passion and enthusiasm. This is the real appeal of his show as it's infectious and makes a good listen. Paul takes calls throughout his show but doesn't take as many as some presenters as his passion for a subject often leads into a long and often amusing monologue as he gives his opinion. When he does take a call he has a good rapport with his callers and this can spur the monlogues to begin when something ignites his interest. This can be enlightening as his opinion is interesting and often makes you think about a subject in a totally different way.
The Paul Ross show is different to Iain Lee's in that he's less off the wall and incites a more relevant news of the day discussion but his show is no less entertaining to listen to. Iain Lee was very popular in this time slot with teenagers leaving school but I don't think Paul Ross has the same appeal for a younger audience. As mentioned before he is more comparable to Steve Allen in the celebrity gossip and monologues he does. His show is a good listen and this is due to his enthusiasm and passion for the topic he's talking about. Overall the Paul Ross show is a worthy addition to the LBC schedule and worth listening to.
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