2010 could be the last year that the Biggest Loser is seen on Channel Ten with the network’s rights for the show expiring at the end of the year. Both Seven and Nine have expressed interest in the show and will be launching bids against Ten to pick up the rights for the weight loss reality competition show from 2011.
Elisabeth Murdoch’s Shine Group will make all future editions of the Biggest Loser. CEO of the Shine Group Mark Fennessy has confirmed that all three commercial networks are interested in screening the Biggest Loser from 2011. A new contract could most likely span a number of years and be a multi million dollar deal.
The latest series of the Biggest Loser – which airs on Ten from 6.30pm this Sunday Jan 31, then weekdays 7.30 thereafter was rocked by scandal with one of the contestants found to be possessing child pornography earlier this week. Ten have had to re-edit the show to remove the concerned contestant, leaving just nine couples instead of the original 10.
The Shine Group will also be producing a new quiz show to be screened nightly on SBS based on the overseas letters and numbers format. 100 episodes have been commissioned.
Shine has also announced that they will make at least 10 episodes of Junior Masterchef for Ten later in 2010. Contestants for the junior version of Masterchef will al be between the ages of 8 and 12.
Source: Daily Telegraph