Multichoice Ghana, operators of pay television services DStv and GOtv has announced that it has no plans to introduce a version of its popular Big Brother television show in Ghana.
“MultiChoice Ghana has taken note of an image making the rounds on various social media platforms depicting a Big Brother Ghana’ logo. Please be aware that this is fake news as MultiChoice has no plans to launch a Big Brother Ghana’ edition,” the statement said.
“Members of the public are advised to be wary of any scams related to this as there are no plans to launch a Ghana edition of Big Brother. MultiChoice Ghana will duly keep our customers informed of any major announcements via our official DStv & GOtv communications channels”.
The name is inspired by Big Brother from George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, and the housemates are continuously monitored during their stay in the house by live television cameras as well as personal audio microphones. Throughout the course of the competition, they are voted out (usually on a weekly basis) until only one remains and wins the cash prize.
The housemates with the most nominations are then announced, and viewers are given the opportunity to vote via telephone for the nominee they wish to be evicted or saved from eviction. The last person remaining is declared the winner.
Some more recent editions have since included additional methods of voting, such as voting through social media and smartphone applications. Occasionally, non-standard votes occur, where two houseguests are evicted at once or no one is voted out.
In the earlier series of Big Brother, there were 10 contestants with evictions every two weeks. However, the UK version introduced a larger number of contestants with weekly evictions. Most versions of Big Brother follow the weekly eviction format, broadcast over approximately three months for 16 contestants.
The contestants are required to do housework and are assigned tasks by the producers of the show (who communicate with the housemates via the omnipresent authority figure known to them only as “Big Brother”).
The tasks are designed to test their teamwork abilities and community spirit. In some countries, the housemates’ shopping budget or weekly allowance (to buy food and other essentials) depends on the outcome of assigned tasks.