Nine says it is “assessing the level of interest” in offering the service for 2014, despite an obvious online backlash.
Live Updates were previously available online through Twitter and the official BB website.
They gave an insight into housemate activity throughout the day, and up to 24 hours before they would be seen on air after post-production. The Twitter feed was last updated in November.
22:20 AEST: Big Brother will get back to you… In 2014. Live Feed Transmission ended.
— #BBAU LIVE (@BBAULIVE) November 6, 2013
This year they have not been available at all, sending some fans into a spiral.
I demand #BBAU live feeds, Channel 9. Step up your game.
— Dennis Hou (@DennisHou) September 14, 2014
— Harrison (@harrison__h) September 14, 2014
— okay work (@arielnano) September 14, 2014
— Mike (@MikeG122194) September 13, 2014
RT @BBAULIVE: “22:20 AEST: Big Brother will get back to you…In 2014. Live Feed Transmission ended.” 310 days ago…where is the live feed
— Team BBAU (@TeamBBAU14) September 13, 2014
@BBAULIVE why aren’t you tweeting this season ?
— sabrina (@amybrookheimer) September 12, 2014
Annual fan website Behind Big Brother also weighed in:
And in an extra insult to fans, the official BBAU Twitter account, Executive Producer Alex Mavroidakis (who is usually a prolific tweeter) and Channel 9’s social media manager refuse to answer any questions from fans about the status of the feeds.
It appears Big Brother production has no ‘live’ team whatsoever. The official BB website contains no updates from the house and so far news stories have only been posted after the show aired on Channel Nine, so they contain no new information.
This in stark contrast to last week when Alex Mavroidakis told us he and his co-producer were “Big Brother purists“.
The end of the Updates follows on from Nine not offering online camera feeds when it commenced the series in 2012 which TEN had offered a decade earlier. It’s believed the decision to end these was to avoid adult content clashing with Nine’s PG-rated series. But already this year there have been some raunchy moments that push a PG boundary.
This year the Friday Night-style games are also understood to have been ditched, although in truth these were added several seasons into TEN’s production in what is an evolving Reality franchise.
Facebook fans have also vented on everything from the casting to Nine’s scheduling, but so far ratings have delivered in the Demos.
As to current Live Updates, a Nine spokesperson told TV Tonight, “Channel Nine has extensive online content available to audiences through many social mediums including the Channel Nine website 9jumpin.
“Resources have been enhanced for the 9jumpin Big Brother website where viewers can review shows, and when it comes to voting, this is the place that will give more power to the people.
“We are assessing the level of interest in a BBAU LIVE outlet and the prospect of providing a similar viewing platform for our audience.”
The official #BBAU LIVE Twitter feed has a very-interested 58,300 subscribers.