Channel 5 will air Big Brother until at least the end of 2018 under a new UK rights deal with Endemol Shine UK.
The channel will continue to broadcast two series of Celebrity Big Brother and one series of Big Brother ever year as well as Big Brother’s Bit on the Side. The renewal comes following record ratings for the latest series of Celebrity Big Brother back in January with viewers hooked on the antics of the housemates including Perez Hilton and Katie Hopkins.
Paul Dunthorne, Channel 5’s Chief Operating Officer, who negotiated the deal extension on behalf of the broadcaster, said: “Big Brother in all its guises brings a huge and varied cross section of viewers to Channel 5 and typifies the appointment-to-view programming we want on the channel. It remains one of TV’s most talked about and popular programmes and I’m genuinely delighted we’ve secured it for at least three more years.”
Nick Samwell-Smith, Managing Director of Initial added: “Channel 5 is a fantastic home for Big Brother. Over the past four years we’ve worked closely together to keep this extraordinary format feeling fresh, noisy, and creatively vibrant. I’m thrilled that this landmark deal means we can look forward to three more years of big characters and juicy storylines from inside our favourite house.”
The new series of Big Brother is expected to air this summer.