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BBC Radio 5 Live host Danny Baker’s crowdfunded radio station backed by Jonathan Ross

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By John McCarthy, Opinion Editor

March 22, 2016 | 5 min read

Broadcaster and comedy writer Danny Baker’s efforts to crowdfund an independent radio station away have been boosted by the backing of radio host Jonathan Ross.

Baker, a host on BBC Radio 5 Live's Saturday morning show and orchestrator of the return of TFI Friday, took to Twitter in the hunt for partners in his new project on Monday (21 March).

Having previously described the radio management at the BBC as “hordes of bloodless suits, pests, vampires and ghouls,” according to the Guardian, and blasting them on Twitter as "pinhead weasels" after the axing of his BBC London radio programme, Baker has been eager to branch off from the corporation and launch his own project.

He tested the waters will a scrawl of tweets about the project.

He also reassured BBC 5 Live "we good".

TV and radio personality Jonathan Ross lent his support to the project.

Baker has yet to unveil the full details of his plans, although the scheme could disrupt the current broadcaster system if successful with a number of big names also reputed to have shown an interest.

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