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ITV Moves ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ Finale to Avoid Clash With Ariana Grande Benefit Concert

Variety logo Variety 5/31/2017 Stewart Clarke
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U.K. broadcaster ITV has moved the upcoming finale of “Britain’s Got Talent” to avoid a clash with TV coverage of Ariana Grande’s “One Love Manchester” benefit concert Sunday.

The finale of the talent show will now go out a day earlier, on Saturday, at 7:30 p.m.

“Ariana Grande’s ‘One Love Manchester’ benefit concert is bringing artists and the public together, and will raise funds for the Red Cross’s Manchester Emergency Fund,” said an ITV spokesman. “ITV and ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ have no desire to distract from this important cause, so we have taken the decision to move the ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ final from Sunday night.”

Public broadcaster BBC is televising the concert live on flagship channel BBC One. It cleared other programs, including “Antiques Roadshow,” from its schedule to accommodate the coverage, which will run from 6.55 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The proceeds of the concert, which will also feature Justin Bieber, Coldplay, and Katy Perry among others, will go to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund that was set up after the deadly attack on Grande’s May 22 concert, which claimed 22 lives.

The ITV scheduling rejig also sees “The British Soap Awards” moved from its Saturday night berth to an 8 p.m. slot next Tuesday.

The concert will take place at the Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground and tickets go on sale Thursday.

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