ITV signs three-year deal to secure ‘The Voice’ from BBC

Talent show to leave the BBC after five series

ITV has confirmed that it has struck a deal to air talent show The Voice in 2017.

The broadcaster announced it has signed a three-year deal for the series and a spin-off ITV2 show, as well committing to two series of a children’s version.

Peter Fincham, ITV Director of Television, said: “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!

The BBC’s final season of The Voice begins in January, with Boy George and Paloma Faith on the new-look judging panel alongside Ricky Wilson and will.i.am.

Wilson recently announced that he will not be returning following the final, fifth series with the BBC, which will air in January 2016.

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“They would want to have a totally new show,” Wilson said, stating that he wished to “bow out gracefully”.

Mark Linsey, acting director of BBC Television, recently said the corporation would not be bidding for a new series. He added: “The BBC is incredibly proud of The Voice, but the fifth [season], 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.”

Owned by production company Talpa Global, The Voice started life as a Dutch talent show in 2010.

It now has around 65 versions broadcast in 180 countries, and nearly 30 versions of the junior edition The Voice Kids.
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