Nine picks up Australia’s Got Talent
Although the show was included in Seven’s highlights reel for 2013, the network has now indicated it does not have a place for it in its schedule. Seven also airs The X Factor, which has been rating far more strongly than the last series of AGT.
AGT, produced by Fremantle Media, was hurt by running in the same period of Nine’s The Voice, which is produced by Shine.
Yesterday’s news that Seven was dropping AGT briefly increased the likelihood that Ten would bring Australian Idol back. Ten has already said it will air American Idol next year, increasing speculation that it was considering a return for Australian Idol if audiences take to the US version which features Keith Urban among the judges. Urban was previously on The Voice.
AGT would make sense for Nine’s schedule because it would give the network a second talent franchise for when The Voice is off air.
FremantleMedia declined to comment.
2.45pm update: Nine issued the following press release:
Nine Network today confirmed it has acquired the international and local ratings hit Australia’s Got Talent for 2013.
“The Got Talent brand is without doubt one of the world’s biggest entertainment programs right now and we are excited to be adding it to our schedule for 2013 and beyond.” said Nine’s Head of Television Michael Healy today.
The new look Australia’s Got Talent on Nine will have a fresh and fun approach to the production, new hosts and judges and a broader base of exciting talent to bring to the Australian audience. The global success of Got Talent has seen the format top the ratings in Britain- where the finale was watched by a massive 13.8 million, the US, New Zealand and scores of other territories around the world.
“We are already in discussions with a number of exciting judges to bring to the panel and have begun series planning with FremantleMedia on expanding and focusing the search for Australia’s most talented acts to showcase to our audience.” said Michael Healy today.
The Got Talent format now airs in more than 50 territories globally, launching in 9 new territories in 2012 alone, with more on the way. It is a true variety format featuring acts from all performance disciplines, of all ages and from all walks of life.
Australia’s Got Talent is a FremantleMedia Australia production of a Syco and THAMES format for the Nine Network.