BBC has released an official statement on their failed contract negotiations.
“We know that viewers will be disappointed that the BBC and Fox have not been able to agree a deal over the rights to the third series of 24.
“After long and protracted negotiations we were unable to agree scheduling and timescales that met the needs of both parties.
“However the BBC has bought the rights to some new and exciting shows in 2004 that give our viewers a chance to see some of the best programming from other countries – particularly Stephen King’s Kingdom Hospital which promises to be a real viewing event on BBC TWO and THREE in spring 2004.
“We’re also confident that the award-winning American comedy, My Wife and Kids, will be a great addition to early evenings on BBC TWO this winter.”