Big Brother could be evicted from Channel 5 in a shake-up of the broadcaster’s schedules, according to the new owner.

Channel 5 was taken over by Viacom in a £450 million deal last month, and new chief executive Philippe Dauman has hinted that the new-look channel may not include its popular reality show.

According to the Daily Star, he said: “Maybe we continue with Big Brother, maybe if for some reason that didn’t work out we have the ability to put out other great programming.

“You can go too far with one genre even when it’s successful.

“No show is hugely popular forever so you have to keep your fingers in different pots. Big Brother has been a big performer. We will leave it to the programming team to see where we go.”

Big Brother was originally screened on Channel 4, but it moved to Channel 5 in 2011.

Its main summer series and celebrity versions regularly help to beat Channel 4 in the ratings, but its last series screened under its current deal and despite show host Emma Willis telling viewers that Big Brother would return in January 2015, the contract has not officially been renewed with Channel 5.

ITVBe, a new ITV channel airing many reality shows, was said to be interested in buying the rights, but as the cost is thought to be around £20 million a year, it could prove too high a price for a digital channel.