Changes on Millionaire
- Bang Showbiz
- 23 June 2010
Chris Tarrant has revealed his quiz show 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?' is about to undergo several format changes in a bid to boost falling ratings
'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?' is set to introduce two major format changes in an effort to boost ratings.
Host Chris Tarrant has revealed that contestants on the ITV show will now answer against the clock in the early rounds, losing their cash if they run out of time.
He told The Sun newspaper: "One of the things that slows the show down is when people are struggling with a question and they just stare at the screen. So in future we will be doing all the early rounds against the clock."
The 63-year-old presenter added that in a further twist, Phone-A-Friend helpers will now appear on screen rather than simply being heard over the telephone.
However, Chris admits he does have concerns about the changes.
He added: "I was wary of changing it as I was of the view that it was perfect, so why interfere with it? Yet the changes will work. "
The revamp will take effect in new episodes filmed later this summer.
This is not the first format change for the show, and in 2007 the number of questions dropped from 15 to 12 and a new system of prize levels was introduced.