Satellite broadcaster Sky has poached the award winning US series Lost from Channel Four after snapping up the exclusive rights for the next two series.
It is believed that Sky will pay an estimated £600,000 to £800,000 for each episode of the cult series about people stranded on a tropical island after a plane crash.
Channel 4 premiered the show last year after buying up the exclusive rights to the first two series.
However, it is thought that Channel 4 was not prepared to match Sky’s bid for series three and four.
Lost will be shown on Sky One and its Director of Programming Richard Woolfe said: ‘We’re absolutely thrilled to bring Lost to Sky One.
‘The series has defined TV drama over the last two years and has been the envy of every network.
‘Today’s audiences demand more quality and flexibility than ever before, so we are intending to use various digital media platforms to make Lost available to our customers when they want and how they want, ensuring that they never miss the mysterious goings on of the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815.’
‘This outstanding series will bring even more entertainment to Sky customers and demonstrate our strengths in multi-platform content and innovation.’