Host wants to buy show, says report

June 23, 2006 at 2:28 PM

LONDON, June 23 (UPI) -- Chris Tarrant, who has hosted Britain's "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" since 1998, may buy the show, says a report.

The Daily Mirror says Tarrant, working with a group of investors, has made a $175 million bid. The report said the offer comes after the show's main creator Paul Smith announced he will sell the rights to the highest bidder.

"Chris has always been integral to the success of the show. Now he hopes to become involved in the success of the business too," the Mirror quoted a source as saying. "The opportunity was there and he took it. It's a logical step."

The winning bidder will get worldwide rights to the program, which is now shown in 106 countries.

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