“Big Brother Canada” will return for its ninth season in spring 2021, in a July 14, 2020 story. (File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

‘Big Brother Canada’ to return with host Arisa Cox as executive producer

TORONTO — “Big Brother Canada” will return for a ninth season with host Arisa Cox taking on a new role as executive producer.

The Global reality TV series says it plans to return in spring 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic forced its latest season to end early April 1 with no winner announced.

Corus Entertainment and Insight Productions say Cox will continue to host while taking on a bigger role behind-the-scenes helping to guide real-time storylines, casting and outreach.

Cox says a “top priority” is to increase representation of racialized groups.

Corus says pre-production will include a thorough review of current practices and the development of new ones, anti-racism personnel policies and racial-equity training.

It says announcements about casting opportunities will come at a later date.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 13, 2020.

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