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Saturday 27 December 2014

Big Brother's live feed is back

Rylan Clark has been confirmed as one of the new Big Brother's Bit On The Side hosts
Rylan Clark has been confirmed as one of the new Big Brother's Bit On The Side hosts

Big Brother's live feed is set to return this summer, while Rylan Clark has been confirmed as a host of the spin-off show.

The live nightly coverage that the show used to offer is coming back when the new series launches, according to Channel 5.

When the channel acquired Big Brother in 2011 they decided against any extensive live coverage, a feature of earlier series shown by previous broadcaster Channel 4.

At the time a Channel 5 spokesperson said: "The aim is to reflect the habits of our audience today and we believe that prioritising social media is the way to get people involved in the show."

But trial runs of a live hour after eviction shows in 2012 proved so popular that the coverage has been upped to two hours every night between 7pm and 9pm on 5*.

Meanwhile X Factor contestant and Celebrity Big Brother winner Rylan has been confirmed as the new host of spin-off show Big Brother's Bit On The Side with Emma Willis, who will also host the main programme.

The line up is completed by TV and radio presenter AJ Odudu, who along with Rylan will replace Emma's former co-hosts Alice Levine and Jamie East.

Rylan said: "I have followed the show since the very beginning. It was a dream come true to enter the Celebrity Big Brother house this year, let alone win it! Being offered the job to present Big Brother's Bit On The Side was amazing."

Ben Frow, Channel 5's director of programmes, said: "Big Brother's spin off shows have a history of bringing on new talent and with Rylan and AJ I think we have two future stars."

Channel 5 have announced a second spin-off show, Big Brother's Bit On The Psych, where a panel of psychologists and behaviour experts will analyse the housemates' behaviour over the past seven days.

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