The Oscars come to ITV in move which delights fans

Virgin Radio

12 Sep 2023, 11:05

Oscars plus the ITV logo

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The Oscars are moving to a new home: ITV - and fans of the glamorous celebration of film can barely contain their excitement.

After Deadline revealed in August that Sky had lost the rights to the famous ceremony, there was some uncertainty about the future of the awards show in the UK as news of a new UK buyer was kept mysterious. 

However, it has now been revealed that 2024’s 96th Academy Awards (due to take place on Sunday, 10th March) will be available to broadcast and stream live on ITV1 and ITVX as part of a multi-year deal which the broadcaster has made with Disney Entertainment, who own the rights to the Oscars.

“WOW! Finally. I can’t think of anything else we talk so much about even though most people can’t actually see it,” was one person’s response to the news over on X (formerly Twitter).

“Crazy that it’s taken so long for them to be broadcast in a way that most people who want to can actually watch it,” was another person’s similar comment.

Sky won the rights to broadcast the Oscars in the UK from the BBC 20 years ago, so the news that ITV has now replaced them as the ceremony’s UK based distributor heralds quite a change.

“We are thrilled to be able to exclusively bring the Oscars to film fans all across the UK, furthering and complementing our commitment to films across our network,” said Darren Nartey, ITV’s Senior Acquisitions Manager.

“We already have a fantastic collection of over 250 feature films available on ITVX at any one time and are looking forward to sharing the movie-event of the year with our viewers,” he continued.

Bill Kramer, the CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said it “couldn’t be happier to partner with ITV in bringing the Oscars to viewers throughout the UK.”

“The Oscars is a celebration of global cinema — recognizing films and film artists from around the world. ITV’s support of our international awards show is a testament to its deep devotion to the movies,” he finished.