Viacom ‘looking’ to secure rights to Big Brother

Viacom are reportedly looking to secure the rights to Big Brother, after they became the new owners of Channel 5 yesterday

Yesterday, it was announced that Viacom had purchased Channel 5 in a deal worth £450 Million. It has now been reported that they are looking to renew the rights to Big Brother.

Since the renewal, Broadcast Magazine has indicated that Viacom is looking to continue the key programmes on Channel 5 – including Big Brother, which moved to Channel 5 in 2011.

According to the magazine, executives from Viacom International Media Networks, have sent a message to Channel 5 staff saying that it would be “business as usual”

The company is reportedly also interested to keep Ben Frow as Channel 5’s director of programmes. Frow was the main reason behind the axing of Brian Dowling early last year, and replacing him with Big Brother’s Bit on the Side host, Emma Willis.

Channel 5’s rights to Big Brother come to and end this year, after the fifteenth civilian edition of the show and the fourteenth Celebrity Big Brother this summer.

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