Twentieth Century Fox Television distribution execs recently met with ITV over the series at the latter’s London office, but the BBC’s press office tweeted: “There’s been lots of speculation today but, to confirm, Family Guy will be on the @BBC until at least 2017.”
There’s been lots of speculation today but, to confirm, Family Guy will be on the @BBC until at least 2017.
— BBC Press Office (@bbcpress) February 25, 2015
Family Guy has been on BBC Three since 1999, but with that channel set to go online-only later this year speculation has been mounting over the future UK home of the show.
BBC Three’s budget has been slashed, meaning high-profile acquisitions will be difficult for it to make going forwards.
ITV has been repositioning ITV2 as a key UK comedy destination, and Family Guy would be a centerpiece of that strategy. TBI understands ITV has not acquired the show, though an ITV-Fox meeting did occur.
A tweet from an ITV staffer (pictured) showed Family Guy’s Griffin family standing behind an ITV logo and a caption reading “Together as one freaking family”.
Came in to work to see this on the lift, please say itv now have family guy