BBC defends Torchwood delay

The BBC has defended its decision not to broadcast Torchwood Miracle Day for six days after its American premier on Starz.

The fourth season of the Doctor Who spin-off will launch on BBC One on Thursday but in America it airs tonight (Friday 8th) on Starz. The six day belay between USA and UK broadcast has upset many British fans and even actress Eve Myles has waded into the debate stating she understands the fans frustration. The BBC has now defended the decision explaining it believes the Thursday evening slot is the best for Torchwood.

“We are pleased to announce that Torchwood will return to BBC One at 9pm on Thursday, 14 July. Starz in the US have the contractual right to the World Premiere, that relates to the deal that was done and ultimately this has created better value for licence fee payers. Contractually, the broadcasters in other territories can transmit from the next day onwards but being as close to the transmission in the US is not the only factor in the scheduling decision. We have identified what we think is the best slot for BBC One viewers and have also ensured that it’s within a week of transmission in the US.” – BBC statement

The BBC’s words are unlikely to sooth angry fans some of whom have even called for a boycott of the new series. Other fans have voiced their concerns the big delay will result in illegal downloads of Torchwood damaging the shows ratings.