Carlton is in advanced talks with Sky One about launching a new daytime chat show fronted by John Leslie, writes Colin Robertson.
The 60-minute daily show is being earmarked for an October launch and Leslie's agent thinks the former This Morninghost could pocket around£1m for it.
Carlton controller of factual entertainment Nick Bullen, who used to work with Leslie when he was editor of This Morning, is overseeing the project. He is set to meet with Sky next week to thrash out the finer points of the deal.
Leslie has been plotting a comeback since he was sacked from This Morningin May. He was yesterday cleared of two charges of sexual assault.
Speculation has been rife that Leslie would sign up with Sky One. Earlier this year the channel ran a profile documentary on him, which was seen as being sympathetic to the troubled former Blue Peterpresenter.