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Glee is Sky bound

May 17, 2011

E4’s biggest hit, US high school musical drama Glee, is heading for one of BSkyB’s subscription channels.

A bidding war has been taking place between the satellite broadcaster and Channel 4 over the third series. Channel 4 executives are said to be resigned to losing the show to Sky.

According to reports, Sky have offered around £500,000 an episode – more than double the amount Channel 4 previously paid to Glee’s US distributor, Twentieth Century Fox .

The second series began on E4 in January with a consolidated audience of about 2.5 million. Its audience has more recently dipped to about 2 million, but it remains E4’s biggest hit and one of the most popular UK multichannel shows.

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