itv poach the voice uk from the bbc

The Voice UK is to leave the BBC after itv bought the rights to it.

Mark Linsey, Acting Director of BBC Television said:  "The BBC is incredibly proud of The Voice, but the fifth series which starts in January will be our last. We always said we wouldn’t get into a bidding war or pay inflated prices to keep the show, and it’s 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 news follows months of controversy around the show after itv said the BBC should not be allowed to spend millions buying in tv formats from other countries.  The announcement will cast doubt on the future of The X Factor which costs itv millions to make each year, but is now only attracting around 6million for each episode compared to the 12million who once tuned in.

The Voice UK returns to BBC One in January.

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