Whoever said the Australian TV industry was dull?
Just hours after confirmation that Seven had axed Australia’s Got Talent come reports that Nine is finalising deals with Simon Cowell to secure the show.
News Limited reports Nine is keen to retain Dannii Minogue as one of the show’s judges, but other reports suggest she has a Seven Network contract.
Nabbing Australia’s Got Talent could see Nine strengthen its schedule in the second half of the year, potentially against Seven’s own X Factor brand.
Shows changing networks is rare but not without precedent in Australia. TEN famously snaffled Neighbours after Seven axed the show and Nine has found success with Big Brother, formerly on TEN.
Seven cited costs and disappointing ratings as the key reasons behind its decision to move on from the FremantleMedia series.
FremantleMedia Australia declined to comment.
A Nine spokesperson indicated an announcement is imminent.