The BBC has confirmed that Matt LeBlanc will host the next series of Top Gear. The papers suggest that Auntie was not in a great position in this talent negotiation.
The press notice says "Top Gear series 24 returns to BBC Two next year". That's a painful reminder of what the BBC lost financially in Series 23. The contract was to produce two runs of eight shows before Spring 2017, plus two Christmas specials. The specials were put in the 'too difficult' box back in July, and now the expectation, as we come to the end of September, is that Series 24 won't see the light of transmission until Spring 2017 - and no-one is saying how many episodes there will be.