Pre-BB: Big Brother to air on TV3 in Ireland

Big Brother is returning to Irish TV for the first time 2010

Irish fans of Big Brother will be able to watch the new series this summer, as TV3 has struck a deal with Channel 5 to bring the series to Ireland.

UPDATE: TV3 have officially confirmed that Big Brother will return to Irish television. In a deal inked with Endemol Shine, TV3 Group has exclusively acquired the rights to air over 200 hours of the hugely popular fly on the wall reality series including spin-off show Big Brother’s Bit on the Side.

Lynda McQuaid, TV3 Group Director of Content, said: “As the new Director of Content for TV3, I am delighted to announce the return of Big Brother UK to Irish screens. Big Brother and all its spin-offs are large, explosive, constantly evolving, creatively vibrant television properties that appeal to a varied cross section of the audience and will find a perfect home on TV3 and 3e.”

Channel 5 is unofficially available in Ireland, and viewers haven’t been able to watch the show properly since its move from Channel 4 in 2010. TV3 has previously tried to buy the rights to air Big Brother twice since the move to Channel 5, but both times was turned down.

This adds to the channels that will carry Big Brother in the summer, with the main shows airing on Channel 5, then repeats on Channel 5+1, Channel 5+24, 5*, MTV and now TV3.

With this news, Big Brother will be airing on the same channel as Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor, which are both shown on TV3.

Big Brother is expected to return in May.

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