Big Brother given the axe by Chan­nel 5 as view­ers re­al­ity TV tastes switch

The Scotsman - - News Digest - By AN­GUS HOWARTH

Celebrity Big Brother and “civil­ian” Big Brother will no longer be air­ing on Chan­nel 5.

The long-run­ning re­al­ity show will come to an end on the chan­nel af­ter the new se­ries, which started last night.

Chan­nel 5 an­nounced it would no longer con­tinue with ei­ther ver­sion of Big Brother af­ter seven years pro- duc­ing the of­ten con­tro­ver­sial pro­gramme.

The re­al­ity TV show has seen its rat­ings de­cline over the years. The fi­nal of the very first se­ries of Big Brother, which was broad­cast by Chan­nel 4 in 2000, at­tracted 9.45 mil­lion view­ers.

But the fi­nal of the most re­cent se­ries, broad­cast by Chan­nel 5 in 2017, was watched by just 1.11 mil­lion.

The lat­est se­ries of Celebrity Big Brother was won by Coronation Street star Ryan Thomas, who was at the cen­tre of a controversy that dom­i­nated head­lines when fel­low house­mate Rox­anne Pal­lett ac­cused him of punch­ing her.

Pal­lett left the se­ries and af­ter watch­ing the footage back, is­sued an apol­ogy say­ing she had “got­ten it wrong”.

The celebrity edi­tion of the se­ries has of­ten seen controversy in the house, in­clud­ing stand­out mo­ments such as the 2007 per­ceived racial bul­ly­ing of In­dian ac­tress Shilpa Shetty by the late Jade Goody, which was con­demned at the time by then-prime min­is­ter Gor­don Brown.

In 2016, theatre star Christo­pher Big­gins was re­moved from the house for his com­ments about bi­sex­u­als.

Dur­ing the lat­est se­ries, Brazil­ian re­al­ity TV star Ro­drigo Alves was also re­moved from the house over his re­peated use of racist lan­guage.

The con­cept of Big Brother was orig­i­nally taken from a Dutch tele­vi­sion se­ries with the same name and premise.

Chan­nel 5 boss Ben Frow in­di­cated in Au­gust the fu­ture of the se­ries with the broad­caster was un­cer­tain, say­ing he “planned for a year” with­out the se­ries af­ter it swapped chan­nels in 2011.

The fi­nale of the lat­est se­ries of the celebrity ver­sion at­tracted 1.6 mil­lion view­ers at a time when rat­ings for ITV2’S Love Is­land have surged.

Ryan Thomas won the fi­nal Celebrity Big Brother se­ries

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