5STAR to air Celebrity Big Brother ‘first look’ on Saturdays

C5 experiments with schedules after having its hands tied by football coverage
- Posted on August 12 2017 at 12:00pm

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Saturday highlights episodes of Celebrity Big Brother summer 2017 are to get a ‘first look’ premiere on 5STAR in an experimental scheduling change.

Since 2015, Saturday episodes of the show have typically gone out at 10.30pm due to Channel 5’s football coverage, which the broadcaster must air at 9.00pm as part of its contract with the Premier League.

The issue has been a bugbear for CBB fans who believe it’s on too late – but bosses have now confirmed they’re trying something new in a bid to remedy the situation.

Beginning tonight and for the remainder of the current series, Saturday episodes of CBB will premiere on digital channel 5STAR at 9.00pm, giving another option to those who can’t wait.

They will then be repeated at 10.30pm on Channel 5 the same night, as usual.

However, as 5STAR only transmits in standard definition, viewers who want to watch in HD will have to wait for the later C5 airing.

This means that, including +1 channels, CBB will now air a total of four times on Saturdays – at 9pm (5STAR), 10pm (5STAR+1), 10.30pm (C5), and 11.30pm (C5+1).

Meanwhile, spin-off show Big Brother’s Bit On The Side will also begin airing bonus Sunday editions on 5STAR from tomorrow at 10.00pm.

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