Journalists hoping to cover tonight’s eviction from the Celebrity Big Brother house will have to settle for watching on TV.
The show was at the centre of a huge row this week amid allegations that housemate Shilpa Shetty had been subject to racist abuse.
So far Ofcom has received some 40,000 complaints about the issue – an unprecedented number.
Channel Four revealed this afternoon that there would be no live crowd for the eviction – which may see Jade Goody (the housemate said to have made racist comments) evicted.
And there will also be no live press conference. Previous post-eviction press conferences have drawn up to 50 journalists, and according to the Celebrity Big Brother press office this week there as been extra interest from the Asian media. They said the evictee will be given a choice over whether they want to hold a press conference.
The current Big Brother race row has prompted intense media interest in the show with extensive coverage across the national press, TV and the internet.