Britain’s Got Talent has postponed its live finals amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“We have been working with the brilliant production teams at Thames and Syco to find a way of making the live finals work, which were due to be broadcast at the end of May. However, in light of the latest government health guidelines and in line with our priority of safeguarding the well-being of everyone involved in our programmes, production of the live shows cannot go ahead as planned. The live finals will therefore be broadcast later in the year.” – ITV statement
ITV has confirmed it is postponing the live finals of this year’s Britain’s Got Talent.
The broadcaster will shortly bring to air the audition stage of the fourteenth series, however the coronavirus crisis means a postponement of the live finals is unavoidable.
All being well, the broadcaster hopes to air this stage of the competition ‘later in the year’.
ITV said that it had consulted with Thames and Syco, the production teams behind the show, on the decision to put it on hold. It would normally follow on from the audition phase at the end of May.
The coronavirus crisis is affecting the whole of the television industry with shows being displaced by special news coverage, while other schedules changes are coming into effect due to shows being temporarily canned or seeing a reduction in airtime.
Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway continued without a studio audience on Saturday.
Last night Prime Minister Boris Johnson essentially placed brits under a lockdown in a broadcast that was seen by more than 20 million viewers across BBC One and ITV.