Channel 5 and Endemol have agreed a deal to air another series of Celebrity Big Brother later this year, according to Media Guardian.
Last April, the broadcaster announced it had signed a two-year contract for the reality show – due to run out at the end of this summer – which included one normal and one Celebrity edition each year.
However, a recent article in the Daily Star suggested that they now intend to schedule two Celebrity series annually, starting with a second run in 2012.
The Guardian has now backed up this report, claiming Celebrity Big Brother will return in the ‘late summer’ at the expense of the next normal series, which is set to begin in May.
Its length has apparently been shortened from fourteen weeks to ten weeks three days, but this would still be longer than last year’s run, which aired for nine weeks between September and November.
Famous faces rumoured to have signed up for the show include Swedish footballer Freddie Ljungberg and former winner of The Bachelor Carianne Barrow.