The Voice to air on ITV in 2017 after BBC loses singing show

Published Monday, Nov 23 2015, 12:05 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
The Voice will air on ITV in 2017.

ITV confirmed today the BBC's singing show will change channel as part of a three-year deal that includes a spinoff show on ITV2 and a two-series contract for The Voice Kids.

The announcement ends speculation that ITV had bought The Voice from BBC, after BBC Acting Director Mark Linsey said another broadcaster had "poached" the series.

The Voice UK logo - 2015.


In a statement released last month, he had said: "'We always said we wouldn't get into a bidding war or pay inflated prices to keep the show, and it's a testament to how the BBC has built the programme up - and established it into a mainstay of the Saturday night schedule - that another broadcaster has poached it."

The fifth series of The Voice, to air on BBC from January, will be the last on that channel.

There are around 65 local versions of The Voice airing in 180 countries across the world, following the success of the original Dutch series in 2010. It attracts more than 300 million viewers worldwide.

Peter Fincham, Director of Television at ITV, 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."

John de Mol, creator of The Voice, said: "We are delighted that The Voice has found a new home at ITV. 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."