Channel 5 boss admits he would be “much happier” without Big Brother on his channel

“I like the ratings but I want to create our own programmes,” says Ben Frow

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Channel 5 boss Ben Frow has said he would rather his channel didn’t air Big Brother.

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“I would be much happier if the channel did not have Big Brother on it,” Frow told the Edinburgh Television Festival today.

“I like the ratings but I want to create our own programmes. I don’t really want other people’s programmes. I want my own programmes that we have created.”

The news may come as a surprise to the Channel 5 financial directors, given the business’s reliance on the advertising revenues generated by the show. It is averaging around 1.4m viewers according to the overnights for this series – a good performance in Channel 5 terms.

C5 acquired the rights to Big Brother in 2011 and has aired the main show and its spin-offs every year since. Made by Dutch production company Endemol, Big Brother first aired on Channel 4 in 2000 and ran for ten years.

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But Frow, a popular executive who is believed to be in the running to take over from Jay Hunt as C4’s director of programmes, rather seems to wish it had stayed there…