TV3 to launch an Irish version of Celebrity Big Brother?
TV3 could be set to launch its own adaptation of Celebrity Big Brother in Ireland – with the help of Big Brother 1 runner-up Anna Nolan.
According to The Sun, Irish production company Coco Television – for which Anna works as its Head of Development – has acquired the rights to make an Irish version of the long-running reality franchise.
TV3 is said to be interested in commissioning the show in the hope it would match the huge success of Dancing With The Stars, the recently-launched Irish version of Strictly Come Dancing, which airs on rival network RTE.
“Big Brother has never been done in Ireland, but Irish broadcasters are now so risk averse to new programme ideas,” a source told the newspaper.
“It’s a safe show and could provide content for all three TV3 channels.”
The news raises questions about availability of the Big Brother rights in Ireland.
It was previously understood that Channel 5 holds production rights for Big Brother in Ireland as well as the UK, with Irish citizens able to audition to take part in its ‘civilian’ series.
The report does not state whether Coco has acquired the rights from format creators Endemol Shine, or sublicensed them from Channel 5. bbspy has approached Endemol for clarification.
The TV3 Group has been the home of BBUK in the Emerald Isle since 2015. Earlier this year, it moved all BBUK programming to digital station 3e.