Oscars lands new UK home on ITV following Sky Cinema exit

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ITV have announced they are the new UK network home of the Oscars.

The broadcaster confirmed today they have obtained the UK rights to air the Oscars ceremony, a month after it was reported that Sky Cinema had forgone the rights, after 20 years of coverage.

ITV will exclusively broadcast and stream next year's Academy Awards on ITV1 and ITVX on March 10, 2024. All future Oscars award coverage will also run across ITVX's social channels and the network's news and magazines shows.

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The broadcaster landed the rights to the prestigious awards ceremony after signing a new multi-year deal with Disney Entertainment.

"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, Senior Acquisitions Manager for ITV and ITVX.

He added that ITV were "looking forward to sharing the movie-event of the year with our viewers".

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Bill Kramer, CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, similarly revealed that the Academy "could not be happier to partner with ITV" in wake of the new deal.

Historically, Oscars coverage has always swapped between the BBC and Sky. But over the last two decades it was the latter that has provided UK audiences with access to the famous awards ceremony via the dedicated Sky Cinema Oscars channel.

The 2024 Oscars ceremony will mark the first time ITV has broadcast the prestigious event.

The 2023 Oscars ceremony proved to be one for the history books as Everything Everywhere All At Once walked away with seven awards out of 11 nominations. The film's leading stars Ke Huy Quan and Michelle Yeoh respectively picked up the gongs for Best Actor and Best Actress.

The 96th Oscars will air exclusively on ITV1 and ITVX in the UK on March 10, 2024.

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