The Voice to move slot to avoid BGT clash – Daily TV round-up

BBC is the first to buckle, shifting its singing show to a later slot from next week

It seems the BBC's 'The Voice' has been the first to buckle and change its time slot to avoid a clash with the new series of 'Britain's Got Talent' on ITV.

The two shows were set to overlap for the majority of their runtime, with Simon Cowell’s ITV talent show starting at 7pm this year, rather than it's previous slot of 8pm.

There will be a clash this weekend, with 'BGT' launching on Saturday, but from 20 April, 'The Voice' will start at 8.20pm instead.

'The Voice' will also be shorter from next weekend too, running to an hour instead of 95 minutes.

Last week, a BBC source described the decision by ITV to make the shows clash as 'disappointing' and 'not in the best interests of viewers'.

The move follows a struggle by the BBC singing show to compete with its rival shows on ITV.

'Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway' beat 'The Voice' by nearly a million viewers last week, and though 'The Voice' gained a higher peak audience of 8.8 million, it came only after the ITV show had finished. [Metro]

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