After reports the Byron Shire Council was seeking to revoke the production’s approval to shoot, Love Island Australia will go ahead one week later than originally scheduled.
A spokesperson for Channel 9 confirmed the date change telling TV Blackbox:
“After working through production issues that have been widely reported, Love Island Australia will now launch on Monday, October 11 at 8.45pm on Channel 9 and 9Now.”
Despite council concerns after an I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here’s COVID-19 positive crew member, TV Blackbox understands the council did not have the authority to cease production of the show. However, filming will now be restricted to a 30 day window to comply with council permits.
Despite the changes to the production schedule, it’s understood the series will still consist of the similar number of episodes.
Earlier this week, Byron Shire mayor Michael Lyons said he had lost all confidence in ITV Studios Australia ability to protect the community. ITV is producing I’m A Celebrity for Channel 10 and Love Island Australia for Channel 9.
TV Blackbox previously reported of the I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! COVID positive case, where a crew member had travelled in the Ballina, Byron and Tweed areas, sparking the current LGA lockdowns.
With production on I’m a Celebrity now complete, many of production crew were set to move across to Love Island. Both programs are executive produced by Alex Mavroidakis for ITV.
Nine’s Program Director, Hamish Turner said:
“We acknowledge the Mayor’s comments and although disappointing we are planning to ensure Love Island production, which has not commenced filming, is completed within existing regulations to ensure the show is ready for our audiences.
All productions are conducted in accordance with the strictest health and safety regulations, testing, and isolation.”
Last week a spokesperson for ITV Studios Australia told TV Blackbox:
We would like to clarify; There was no wrap or finishing party (for I’m A Celebrity). Any casual or close contacts of the crew member were isolated and immediately tested.
All rapid and PCR testing undertaken on ANY crew has returned a NEGATIVE result. Close contacts will continue to complete a 14 day isolation and rigorous testing will continue.
As confirmed by NSW Health, this case is not related to any other cases of Covid in the Northern New South Wales region. The crew member was engaged to work for one day only. The crew member was not involved in Love Island Australia in any way.”
Love Island Australia sees contestants (dubbed ‘Islanders’) couple up, stay together, and win over the hearts of the public, all while surviving the temptations of beautiful bombshells entering the villa.
The world-renowned reality TV phenomenon will be hosted by Sophie Monk alongside new addition, comedian Stephen Mullan, as the narrator, and Abbie Chatfield as host of Afterparty each Thursday night.
Love Island Australia is produced by ITV Studios Australia for Channel 9 with assistance from Screen NSW’s Made In NSW Fund.
Love Island Australia, now launching after The Block on Monday, October 11 at 8:45pm on Channel 9 and 9Now.
Additional Reporting: Kevin Perry