Multichoice clarifies reason to move Big Brother Naija to South Africa

10 February 2017

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MultiChoice Nigeria has clarified its decision to move the Big Brother Nigeria house and film season two of the show in South Africa, which was met with a barrage of questions from 'unhappy' viewers in Nigeria. Kyle Zeeman

The first season of the show was shot in Nigeria in 2006 and featured 12 Nigerian contestants, who lived in an isolated house to compete for a large cash prize worth over a million rand.

After 11 years MultiChoice Nigeria recently announced that the show would return for a second season, but the announcement was dampened by the broadcaster's decision to move the Big Brother house to SA.

According to a statement released by the Nigerian Minister of Information Alhaji Lai Mohammed's office, the minister had reportedly been inundated with a string of complaints from viewers over the broadcaster's decision. It has since been reported that this prompted an investigation into the decision to film the show outside Nigeria.

While that investigation continues, Multichoice Nigeria has told TshisaLIVE that economic difficulties in the country led to it using the existing Big Brother house situated in Johannesburg, South Africa.

"Both MultiChoice Nigeria and our customers are currently experiencing tough economic times which have forced us as a business to review our operations so we can continue to deliver the best entertainment value for our customers," a statement from the broadcaster read.

MultiChoice Nigeria also said the move ensured that the show's quality would not be compromised.

"Staging the show in a Big Brother facility that already exists, and has been specially built for such purposes – is not only cost-effective but has also allowed M-Net and Endemol to maintain the same excellent production values as with previous Big Brother editions whilst meeting tight timelines," it said.

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Source: Filmcontact 3 February 2017