The Irish Sun are reporting that RTE are in talks with Endemol to snatch the rights for Big Brother in Ireland.
The national broadcaster is reportedly after the rights to the reality format after it proved a ratings success in Ireland. Last summer’s civilian series averaged 131,700 viewers overall, with a reach of 2.68 Million – 60% of the Irish Population.
A source told the Irish Sun: “Big Brother has been around a long time but it works brilliantly attracting the young audience RTE2 are after.
“It also produces hundreds of hours of footage which can air across RTE and all their digital formats”
RTE were impressed with the latest run of Celebrity Big Brother, which saw Jeremy McConnell and Stephanie Davis strike up a romance, while Tiffany Pollard mistook David Bowie’s death as the death of David Gest. “There was a row every night, you couldn’t help tuning in.”
TV3’s deal to air Big Brother is thought to have expired following last year’s civilian run and the following two celebrity series. However, The Sun claims that TV3 will air this year’s civilian series and the following celebrity series.
Big Brother returns to Channel 5 in the summer.