UK pubcaster BBC has confirmed that the forthcoming season of singing competition series The Voice UK (pictured) will be the last to broadcast on its airwaves before reportedly moving to British commercial broadcaster ITV.
“The BBC is incredibly proud of The Voice, but the fifth series which starts in January will be our last. We always said we wouldn’t get into a bidding war or pay inflated prices to keep the show, and it’s testament to how the BBC has built the program up – and established it into a mainstay of the Saturday night schedule – that another broadcaster has poached it,” said Linsey in the statement.
While he did not specify which broadcaster “poached” the series, the BBC and ITV have squared off recently concerning the pubcaster’s purchase and airing of global entertainment formats such as the Talpa Media series.
Also, ITV completed its £355 million (US$531.7) acquisition of the Dutch producer earlier this year.
A spokesperson for ITV refused to comment on the BBC statement.
The British broadcaster’s current stable of competition formats currently includes Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor. ITV signed the two series to a three-year extension – expiring at the end of 2016 – with Simon Cowell‘s Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia UK.
BBC’s final fifth season of The Voice is scheduled to begin airing in January with a panel of coaches including will.i.am, Ricky Wilson, Boy George and Paloma Faith.