Sunday, July 13, 2008

Is reality TV show Big Brother finally over?

THE Ten Network has axed reality TV show Big Brother, according to several online reports.

"Big Brother Australia has been officially axed, with Channel 10 holding a media embargo on the announcement until midnight tonight," fan website reported today.

The site quoted a Big Brother website administrator, known as Lulu-b, who posted an announcement on the official Big Brother discussion forums.

"Hi everyone, I can confirm Big Brother won't be renewed on Channel 10 in 2009," Lulu-b said on the site this afternoon.

"A statement with more information will be forthcoming," the post said. reported: "Our sources inside the Big Brother compound tell us the announcement was unexpected for the BB producers, who did what they felt was in the best interests of the show and believed this year would be a season benchmark." is seeking comment from Channel 10.

The show's ratings have been poor since radio jocks Kyle and Jackie O replaced previous host Gretel Killeen as the faces of this year's series.

Big Brother was even beaten in the ratings by Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan's Budget speech in May.

Ratings bounced back to more than 1.4 million this week with the appearance on Wednesday of former Playboy Bunny Pamela Anderson.

However in past years the show regularly pulled more than two million viewers on Eviction night episod


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