Carolyn McCall, CEO of ITV, questioned whether the UK version of Love island will continue this year, as the coronavirus pandemic rages across Europe.
ITV was forced to cancel last year’s summer season as the logistics of producing the show in Mallorca were complicated by travel restrictions and safety protocols had not yet been fully implemented. Eight months later, we have protocols, but traveling is still far from easy.
Against this background, there are reports that ITV Studios is considering moving the show to the UK, as it has done with I’m a celebrity… Get me out of here! Last year. McCall said everything is being considered, but the show hangs in the balance.
She told BBC Radio 4 Media show: “We will want to put Love island on the air because it has been inactive for a little while [after] we didn’t do it last summer. We are reviewing all of our options at this time as the pandemic is making this difficult.
Another cancellation would be a blow to ITV’s youth channel ITV2, which built Love island into a cash cow, thanks to its committed young audience.
Concern over the UK edition follows better news in the United States, where ITV Studios marked a third season renewal with CBS. Love Island’s The American series is in full casting before the summer production in Hawaii.