BBUK axed again - to end this year

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  1. Brekkie

    Brekkie Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Both the Daily Star and The Sun, both as reliable as each other, though the latter at least usually accurate on such things, are reporting C5 have axed Big Brother, with it to end this summer.

    This is pretty much no surprise to anyone - they've ignored the fans ever since they resurrected it (too soon) following the axe by C4 and as a result ratings have now halved in four years.

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowb...-axed-from-next-year-alongside-civilian-show/

     
  2. Kingston

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    Can't say I'm really all that shocked by this news... But I can't say I wouldn't be shocked at a last minute renewal either... There is still no word from an official source so I'm not willing to throw in the towel just yet... As BBSpy speculated this could just be leaked as a means to scare Endemol in to accepting a lower price... As far as I know Big Brother is still Channel 5's highest rated program despite the decline in ratings...

    I don't know if it was too soon for Channel 5 to pick up the show... It left Channel 4 on a pretty high note and won back a lot of peoples faith in the show... I think had they actually cared enough to try and maintain that upward momentum BB would have had a much better run...
     
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    I'm sticking to what I said before... I won't be surprised if the rumors of BBUK's demise are true... But I'm not going to be surprised either if Channel 5 are planning a last minute renewal either... That said I think both Channel 5 and Endemol Shine have more to gain from renewing the contract than they do from cancellation... Whether they want to admit it or not BB is still the most high profile program for both of them regardless of the decline in ratings... If anything they need to negotiate ways in which there are cost savings on both sides moving forward...
     
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    http://www.bbspy.co.uk/bb19/news/0124/big-brother-7-executive-producer-to-return-for-2018-series
     
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    While I'm not really sure this will do any good... It does sound like they are at least making some sort of attempt at improving... It's certainly has more promise than previous staffing announcements... I won't be expecting a drastic departure from previous Channel 5 series though...
     
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    It's pretty much the same thing happening as in 2010 - Endemol trying to get their act together in order to sell the product on to another broadcaster. You only have to look at Channel 5's schedule for the week after BB to see that they don't want it anymore - it's like a completely different channel.
     
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    Who do you think they are looking at selling it to? I doubt BBC wants it... ITV doesn't want it... I doubt BB would be profitable as an online format... BB:OTT only worked because it was an extension of the broadcast version...
     
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    There only real hope is that C4 may take it back, but I don't think they would immediately. The people who axed it though have all now moved on.

    Really though there is nobody.
     
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    Going back to Channel 4 I don't even feel is an option... Even if it was there really isn't any indication that it would improve by going back... I can't say I've really followed the change in leadership at C4 but is there anyone still there from 8+ years ago?
     
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    Both have left over the last year. C4 seems to have it's confidence back in what it's doing and isn't afraid to push popular programming over "public service" content. Post 10pm now is pretty much a void for C4, dominated by one-off or short run documentaries, so there is a place for the show in the schedules - it would just be a question of budgets.

    I don't think though C4 would have it back without changes - the C5 version of the show would not fit.
     
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    Filming 24/7 but not showing it 24/7. And the reason it would never go back to anything like it's heyday is because of CH5. They ignored the important online aspect of BB, a live stream, decent website, all the kind of things that Big Brother should need. Jettisoning the audience as it got older was just stupid.
     
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    You can tell straight away that their "source" is absolute bollocks. Every single other comment from C5 has been about being committed to showing this summers series and not going any further. This is just the Daily Star spreading their bets so whether axed or renewed they'll be saying they revealed it first.

    I do think costs could be saved quite easily (axing BOTS, axing the summer celeb edition, less renovations to the house etc.) but C5 themselves just haven't got the goodwill to be able to raise ratings, and hence revenue, again. I think the show being axed is still the most likely outcome - if it is renewed I would imagine it'll be on a year by year basis rather than the usual 3-4 year contract.
     
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    I think there is some truth to these rumors... Regardless of the decline in ratings BB is still one of Channel 5's highest rated programs... It would make sense that they'd be trying to negotiate cost savings to keep it... Or at least until they can find a replacement...

    As for cost savings if they are going to axe anything I think it would be the regular summer series... CBB series on average have around 1.1 million more viewers than the regular summer series... BOTS I'm sure would not be missed either... Or significantly reduced...
     
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    The advantage CBB has over the civilian version has diminished significantly over the last couple of years - this series was stuck around the 1.5m mark.
     
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    The ratings I've seen from the last series weren't that bad... There was a drop from previous series but the numbers that they were pulling in were fairly steady... Compared to the last regular series that went from an average of around 1.5 million to ending around 1.1 million... Overall series average of 1.24 million... The last CBB series is an overall average of just around 2 million...
     
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