Glee and Channel 4 part company
Story by Jack Foley
CHANNEL 4 has decided to part company with US TV hit Glee in a bid to ‘free up’ more of its revenue.
According to reports, C4 bosses have walked away from negotiations for the next series (its third), paving the way for Sky to become the show’s most likely new UK destination.
Sky has reportedly offered double the amount that Channel 4 paid for the first two seasons, prompting Channel 4 bosses to walk away rather than be held to account.
The decision means that E4 will also no longer show episodes from the third season.
But a spokesman for Channel 4 said it would free up “huge amounts” by not renewing its Glee deal, adding that the money would now be spent on “home-grown programming, British talent and, of course, continuing to discover and showcase what the US has to offer”.
It was also “particularly thrilled” to have secured the rights to the US version of Danish crime drama The Killing.
If the deal goes ahead – and Sky is believed to have offered to pay £12m for the rights to Glee’s third series – the final three episodes of season two will be the last to be aired on free-to-air channels.
Glee‘s second season has pulled in up to 2.6m viewers on E4, making it the channel’s biggest ratings winner to date.