Channel 5 and Hertsmere Borough Council have struck a deal to keep Big Brother in production at the Elstree Studios until at least 2018.
The borough council has granted planning permission for producers Endemol to continue to build the Big Brother house at the Borehamwood complex for a further five years. The continuation of the series at Elstree Studios the authority believe will provide an economic boost to the town. The view wasn’t shared by the Hillside Avenue Residents Association who opposed the series remaining in the area.
The objection mainly focusing on the Big Brother Live Evictions which sees a live outdoor audience making a noise up to 11pm at night.
Big Brother is a big source of employment in Borehamwood and it is great those jobs will continue for at least the next five years. The studios generate £1million in rental income for the council which helps the residents, and we fully support the work that goes on there.
I’m very impressed by Big Brother’s commitment to reducing the impact on members of the public through improving soundproofing and using pre-recorded pyrotechnics after shows to reduce disruption. – Councillor Martin Worster, speaking after the meeting to Borehamwood Times.
In 2002 when Channel 4 moved Big Brother to Borehamwood the council revived 176 letters again the relocation to Elstree Studios.