Big Brother Australia in danger as house is ‘dismantled’

3 comments - Posted on August 9 2015 at 11:09pm

Big Brother Australia house 2013

A Channel Nine boss has insisted that it has not yet swung the axe on Big Brother Australia as work begun on clearing out its house.

According to the Herald Sun, the show’s compound at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast is now being ‘dismantled’, although it’s unlikely that the entire building will be demolished.

It has been empty since the public tours of last year’s house concluded in December, with the theme park recently stripping all Big Brother branding from the premises.

But although recent signs have pointed towards its cancellation, BBAU’s fate is still hanging in the balance – with Nine stating that it could still be brought back next year.

In what is the first comment from Nine on BBAU in several months, the broadcaster’s head of programming and production Andrew Backwell said: “We have no plans to bring it back at this stage, it is however still in consideration so we are certainly not ruling it out.”

Backwell added that it could transfer to digital channel GO, saying: “We believe it would work brilliantly on GO but we need to work through a business case to see if the investment was viable.”

However, TV experts told the Herald Sun that it would be “impossible” to produce such a costly programme for a digital platform. It is thought that production company Endemol Shine charges £20million (AUD$41.8million) per series in the UK.

Although BBAU is currently off air, Nine currently has the rights to the format until the end of 2016. Rumours suggest that rival networks Seven and Ten – which originally aired the show between 2001 and 2008 – have no interest in bidding for them when they become available again.

Nine recently considered reviving Celebrity Big Brother in the country to fill a programming gap, and went as far as to begin casting – but eventually opted for a new series of The Celebrity Apprentice, which will feature BBAU 2013 winner Tim Dormer as a contestant.

Executive producer Alex Mavroidakis recently left Endemol to join ITV Studios Australia, where he will oversee the next series of rival show I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!

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3 comments on this article

  1. Sam2 says:
    Sun 09 Aug Reply !

    Doesn’t sound promising, didn’t they air Friday episodes on digital channel GO, but no one watched it?

    Shame to see BB Australia go as it was the last one worth watching. Well, up to the Tim & Tahan series anyway. Last years, not so much.

    • Josh says:
      Mon 10 Aug !

      I agree. Last year was the worst BBAU ever. Not to mention they screwed around with scheduling. I mean, BB on four days a week with no live feed? WTF is that?

  2. Sam2 says:
    Mon 10 Aug Reply !

    Big Brother should go to Netflix, it’s cult appeal would probably be better suited there anyway. Netflix get their money from subscription fees regardless, so with no ads, they would have freedom to concentrate making ‘Big Brother’ again, instead of having advertisers to please.

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