Pointless will remain a BBC show, vows host Richard Osman

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Pointless host Richard Osman has said he would hate to see the BBC quiz show move to another network.

While programmes such as The Great British Bake Off and The Voice have switched channels, Richard said he believes Pointless has a "duty of care" to the viewers who watch the programme on the BBC to keep it there.

Asked whether Pointless might move if an offer was tempting enough, he told the Radio Times: "I think Pointless is a BBC show, and will remain a BBC show."

The presenter, who fronts the show alongside Alexander Armstrong, continued: "Look, we live in a very different TV environment now.

Pointless stars Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman (BBC)
Pointless stars Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman (BBC)

"The move of Bake Off (to Channel 4) I understand, The Voice UK (to ITV) I understand.

"But there would be no commercial reason to move Pointless, and we'd never want to because the BBC have backed it from day one - from BBC2 to BBC1 and to Saturday night specials, they've looked after it."

Richard continued: "I think we have a duty of care to the people who watch it on BBC1 to say we'll do it on this channel for as long as you want it."

Pointless is about to air its 1,000th edition.

To mark the milestone, Richard and Alexander will reverse their usual roles - Richard will ask the questions and talk to the contestants, while Alexander will be at the desk reading the answers.

Richard Osman and Alexander Armstrong
The Pointless co-hosts (Ian West/PAs)

"It was nice sitting down for once," said Alexander. "But it did feel weird."

Richard said it was "fantastic fun, but strange".