Following speculation fueled by the singing competition’s initial UK broadcaster, ITV has confirmed that it has signed a three-year deal with Talpa Global to air The Voice.
The UK version of the worldwide smash format, which has aired on the BBC since 2012, will commence airing on the commercial broadcaster in 2017. ITV has also signed a three-season commitment for an ITV2 spin-off show, and a two-series contract for The Voice Kids.
The official statement coming from ITV today (November 23) did not reveal which company would be producing the upcoming UK version of The Voice. Wall to Wall, part of the Warner Bros. Television Productions UK family, has produced the BBC version since its debut. An ITV spokesperson tells realscreen: “We will be confirming further details in due course.”
“ITV is the natural home of big entertainment so we are thrilled that The Voice and The Voice Kids are both joining our family alongside brilliant shows like The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, Saturday Night Takeaway and I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here,” said ITV director of television, Peter Fincham, in a statement.
“We are delighted that The Voice has found a new home at ITV,” added Talpa founder and The Voice creator John de Mol. “With the addition of The Voice Kids we are excited about working with ITV in 2017 to develop and expand the Voice experience for the UK audience after completing what we think will be a fantastic upcoming season on the BBC, who have been a great partner.”
When announcing via Twitter that the 2016 season of The Voice would be the last to air on the BBC, acting director of television Mark Linsey said via his statement that: “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.”