Producers hint at plans to move Big Brother elsewhere after Channel 5 cancellation
The production company behind Big Brother have implied that the door is not firmly closed on Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother in the UK.
Endemol Shine have posted a statement discussing the show’s ratings achievements on Channel 5 and said they are “excited” about its uncertain future.
“We are incredibly proud of Big Brother which has consistently been the highest rated show for Channel 5 over the past seven years, with the latest series of Celebrity Big Brother being the channel’s highest rating show of the year, growing its audience year on year by 17% and tripling the channel’s slot average for 16-24s,” they said.
“This performance is credit to the fantastic production team, plus Emma, Rylan, Marcus and the many housemates over the years who have delivered so many unmissable series. Big Brother continues to be a global phenomenon.
“The UK is one of 20 countries where the show will air in 2018, including the US where Celebrity Big Brother was recently renewed, four different versions in India and last month’s Celebrity Big Brother in Germany which saw a rise of 85% series on series.
“Whilst disappointed not to reach an agreement with Channel 5 the decision opens up a new chapter and we are excited about future possibilities for Big Brother in the UK.”
It's time for this game to end.
— Big Brother UK (@bbuk) September 14, 2018
Ben Frow, Channel 5’s boss, had made no secret of his reluctance to continue having the show on his network, despite its ratings success.
The final civilian cycle of the programme begins tonight on Channel 5.