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Contract Loophole? Jeremy Clarkson could front a new motoring show despite 'TopGear' non-compete clause

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Jeremy Clarkson’s BBC contract reportedly stops him from making a series to rival ‘Top Gear’.   play

Jeremy Clarkson’s BBC contract reportedly stops him from making a series to rival ‘Top Gear’.

 

According to The Sunday Mirror Clarkson is busy trying to get around the contractual ban by making a new show in America and then selling the programme to other broadcasters worldwide including ITV in the UK.

Jeremy Clarkson’s lawyers might just have found away to get around the BBC’s attempts to stop the presenter from brining a new 'Top Gear'-style show to ITV.

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A clause in Clarkson’s contract reportedly prevents him and his ‘Top Gear’ co-presenters James May and Richard Hammond from working for a rival terrestrial British broadcaster for at least the next two years, but lawyers might just have discovered a loophole that could see them back on screens.

According to The Sunday Mirror Clarkson is busy trying to get around the contractual ban by making a new show in America and then selling the programme to other broadcasters worldwide including ITV in the UK.

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The newspaper reports that despite the “non-compete” clauses in the three presenter’s contracts their lawyers are confident that a show made outside Britain could be broadcast in the UK either on a streaming service (such as Netflix) or even sold to British terrestrial channel like ITV.

A source told the newspaper, “It has been a battle with all the legal complications, but after some solid advice Jeremy believes they’ll successfully get around the issues despite the BBC making desperate efforts to stop them.”

There are a few options on the table," the source added. “Including a split deal with Netflix, which should allow the guys to get back to doing what they do best and make great television.“

MORE: Chris Evans: BBC Radio host may be Top Gear host after all

Clarkson left the successful BBC series back in March after his contract was not renewed following a “fracas” between him and one of the show's producers. DJ Chris Evans has since been announced as the series’ new host with the show set to return early next year.

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