Pitch Battle axed after just one series
The BBC has axed singing competition Pitch Battle after the first series failed to pull in enough viewers this year.
The show was hosted by former Great British Bake Off star Mel Giedroyc and saw British choirs and vocal groups battle it out in a series of vocal challenges.
The programme made its debut earlier this year, but now the BBC has given Pitch Battle the chop after ratings did not meet expectations.
A source told The Sun newspaper: “It just didn’t work from the word go and BBC bosses have decided to put it out of its misery after just one series.
“They have trialled some other formats and will replace it with one of those. It’s sadly another failed notch for Mel post – Bake Off, as viewers just never really got on board with it. Bosses think they could bring it back at some point, but it seems very unlikely.”
However, a representative explained how the show had to be cut in order to “make room for new shows”. The spokesperson said: “We are proud of Pitch Battle and would like to thank everyone involved in the show but we sometimes have to make difficult decisions in order to make room for new shows so it will not be returning to BBC One next year.”
It was also recently announced that the BBC would also be dropping Gary Barlow’s Let It Shine after the first series aired this year.
A source said previously: “The show was a huge success in many ways but the concept for a second series just wasn’t quite there yet. The first series was a project that had been worked on for years before coming to fruition.”