Masterchef Australia Apparently Other Channels Are Wanting A Piece Of The Action
With Masterchef Australia hitting the 2 million viewer mark last night it is not wonder other TV networks want a piece of the action.
The Daily Telegraph are reporting that Channel Seven are very interested.
The article states:
Rival networks are chasing Australia’s most popular program, with Seven boss David Leckie said to be eyeing one or more of the show’s judges for a rival hit.
Industry sources yesterday claimed Leckie wanted either Matt Preston, George Calombaris or Gary Mehigan, with a plan to lure one from Ten in a bid to throw a spanner in the ratings juggernaut, which is attracting almost two million viewers every night.
It followed earlier speculation that Seven was looking to poach MasterChef, bringing it to the network once Freman- tleMedia loses the production rights to the show at the end of 2011.
But Leckie, who has form, having previously snaffled Thank God You’re Here out from under Ten’s nose, yesterday rejected claims he recently met with MasterChef’s three key stars.
I have never met this mob. They’re too cool for school and it’ll be interesting to see what they’ll be doing in a year’s time,” Leckie told The Daily Telegraph.
“MasterChef is not available to poach. We are busy with the next series of My Kitchen Rules, making it bigger and better,” head of programming Tim Worner said.
My Kitchen Rules Season 2 will be shown this year. So it will be a big end to the year for Seven with MKR and The $20 million The X Factor.