Jeremy Clarkson can't gear up for new ITV motoring show
The brakes have been put on plans for Jeremy Clarkson to take a new motoring show to ITV after it was revealed his old BBC contract prevents him from making a rival car show on another UK channel.
A clause in his deal with the corporation, which came to an end after an internal inquiry found he had assaulted Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon, stops Clarkson and co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond from working on a similar show for two years.
They are free to make a different kind of show for ITV, but are thought more likely to go to an online broadcaster such as Amazon or Netflix which are not covered by the clause.
The BBC declined to comment.