Wednesday, 6 April 2011

UK Big Brother to return this year after Channel 5 seals deal | Media |

Big Brother will be back on the small screen this summer after Richard Desmond's Channel 5 finally concluded eight months of negotiations to buy the format from Endemol in a two-year £200m deal.

A formal announcement is expected on Wednesday, and the plan will be to run Celebrity Big Brother in August for four weeks, with the traditional Big Brother returning nightly for a 13-week run in September.

The programme is starting late in the year because it has taken so long for the two sides to conclude negotiations that have stalled on several occasions, but Desmond is keen to extract full value from the contract in 2011.

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