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Big Brother live feed axed by Channel 5

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Channel 5 has axed the live feed from this year's Big Brother house.

The two hours aired every evening from 7pm to 9pm on 5* will cease from July 6.

Emma Willis in front of the Big Brother 14 eye

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Emma Willis in front of the Big Brother 14 eye



"Big Brother's live streaming has been removed from the 5* schedule from next week," a spokesperson confirmed to Digital Spy.

No reason has been given for the decision, but a fuller statement will follow from producers.

On its launch in the UK in 2000, Big Brother had a round-the-clock live feed, broadcast with a 10-minute delay.

Channel 4 reduced its red button live feed output in 2008 due to falling viewer figures.

It reinstated a round-the-clock live feed for Big Brother 11, the final series on the station, exclusively online - priced at 49p for a day pass, £1.99 for a week pass and £14.99 for a season pass.

'Big Brother: Secrets & lies': Emma Willis

© Channel 5

'Big Brother: Secrets & lies': Emma Willis



When Channel 5 bought the rights to the show in 2011, it announced that it would not be featuring a 24-hour live feed and would instead focus on social media to engage with viewers.

"We can confirm there will not be a 24-hour live feed from the house available online or on-air," it said at the time.

"This year, we have decided to focus on the nightly highlights show and on directly engaging with the show's viewers through social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and specially created iPhone, iPad and Android apps."

Short bursts of live footage from the house were reintroduced on sister channel 5* for 2012's Celebrity Big Brother after major events such as evictions or new housemates arriving on the show.

Channel 5 announced the return of a regular two-hour live feed for Big Brother 14 after the success of these trial runs.

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