It’s the last day of BBC Three being on your TV screens tomorrow, and one of the biggest losses will surely be Family Guy.
Fans were outraged when RealityBox revealed that ITV2 had acquired the animation which helps BBC Three gain some of its largest ratings of the evening.
Damian Kavanagh, the digital controller for BBC Three has told Digital Spy that losing the hit US animation after 10 years was down to costs.
“I’m a massive fan of Family Guy – it’s a great show and it’s got a hell of a lot of attitude about it,” he said.
“However, when money is in short supply – and on BBC Three we’ve had to think long and hard and rationalise exactly what we’re going to do – I find it quite hard to justify [the money we’re spending on it].”
He revealed he didn’t feel the money was worth spending, and would be better spent on emerging British comedy talents.
“In a way, you can’t give talent very early breaks on BBC One and Two. Look at the talent we’ve given breaks to [on BBC Three],” he said.
“Going forward, I want to support young British talent and I want to invest in that. If I was going to keep Family Guy, it would have swallowed up a lot of our budget.
“We work with brilliant comedians, we work with brilliant talent, we work with brilliant comedy producers. I keep saying to them, let’s try to replicate some of that attitude that Family Guy has through the new comedy that we do.”
Any new episodes of Family Guy will now debut on ITV2 in the UK, with FOX retaining second-run rights.
BBC Two will continue to air repeats of old episodes, however it is not clear when, or how this will take place.