Sunday 24 September 2017

The Voice to overlap Britain's Got Talent final

The Voice judges Danny O'Donoghue, Tom Jones, Jessie J and Will.i.am could be back for a second series
The Voice judges Danny O'Donoghue, Tom Jones, Jessie J and Will.i.am could be back for a second series

The Voice will clash with the final of Britain's Got Talent after ITV and BBC prolong scheduling war.

There is set to be a 15 minute clash between the two talent contests on Saturday May 12, after ITV reluctantly agreed to move the broadcast of the Britain's Got Talent final.

Schedulers had been facing a 75 minute overlap, but ITV moved BGT to a later slot in order to avoid it.

The two broadcasters have frequently battled over the last few months for the Saturday night prime-time slot.

The BBC's new series The Voice has been winning overall in the viewings war, until last week, when BGT pulled ahead due to a later start time. The talent show climbed to an average of 10.2 million viewers (including ITV +1 figures).

The most recent row emerged after BGT put forward its final to 6.30pm. The Voice starts at 6.10pm and the BGT final lasts two and a half hours which would leave an hour and a quarter overlap.

The move angered BBC bosses, who refused to move The Voice's slot to make room for BGT. ITV was forced to move BGT to 7.30pm.

Last week ITV criticised the BBC after The Voice overran by three minutes, taking valuable viewers from BGT.

This week The Voice announced a live tour of the UK, where the final eight contestants and the overall winner will travel round the country from September.



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