U.K. Broadcasters ITV and BBC Ban Audiences as Coronavirus Worsens

  • Variety
U.K. Broadcasters ITV and BBC Ban Audiences as Coronavirus Worsens
U.K. broadcasters and studios have begun enforcing bans on on-site audiences as the coronavirus outbreak continues apace.

ITV has confirmed that popular variety show “Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway” will go ahead without an audience for the first time in its history. The broadcaster has also done away with audiences for all other studio shows.

A spokesperson confirmed to Variety Tuesday evening: “‘Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway’ will go ahead this weekend without a studio audience. Our priority is safeguarding the well-being of everyone involved.

“The show will be made with a reduced production crew and in accordance with the latest guidance from Public Health England. The team are looking forward to bringing our viewers a brilliant show on Saturday evening.”

The content of this Saturday’s episode will be adapted accordingly, though producers are still working towards producing the entire 90-minute episode live. However, the
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