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COWELL TO LEAVE U.K.’S THE X FACTOR

April 12, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Simon Cowell will not be crisscrossing the Atlantic to appear on the judging panel of both the U.S. and U.K. versions of The X Factor but will instead remain stateside during the talent show’s American launch, the London Daily Mail reported today (Tuesday), citing an ITV insider. The newspaper said that Cowell was responding to […]

BBC CHIEF SAYS IMPARTIALITY RULES ARE OUTDATED

December 20, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

British regulations requiring that broadcasters be politically impartial are outdated in the era of the Internet, the BBC’s director general, Mark Thompson, said Thursday night. Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported today (Monday) that Thompson’s remarks, made at a seminar on impartiality in broadcasting, caught several BBC journalists, including Nick Robinson, its political editor, by surprise. The […]

BRITAIN’S X FACTOR PULLS BIG RATINGS, BIG CONTROVERSY

December 15, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The season finale of Britain’s The X Factor may have produced record ratings for commercial network ITV, but the London Daily Mirror is reporting that the show has drawn thousands of complaints from viewers that the Simon Cowell-produced show featured too many racy productions that were inappropriate for a time period when many children were […]

MASSIVE BRITISH AUDIENCES TUNE IN TO TWO ITV SHOWS

December 13, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Two British television shows each attracted massive audiences on Thursday and Sunday. According to preliminary ratings, a live episode marking the 50th anniversary of the primetime soap opera Coronation Street attracted 15 million viewers Thursday, and Simon Cowell’s talent contest The X Factor averaged 17.2 million on Sunday (peaking at 19.4 million). Both shows are […]

COULD FICTIONAL DISASTER TURN INTO A REAL ONE?

December 9, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Security has been boosted in Manchester, England at the ITV studios where the soap opera Coronation Street — a veritable institution in the U.K. — is produced for a live broadcast marking the show’s 50th anniversary. In the current story line, the fictional city of Weatherfield has been hit by an explosion and tram disaster. […]

THE X FACTOR: BRITAIN’S SUPER BOWL

November 16, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The season finale of Simon Cowell’s The X Factor on Britain’s ITV commercial network is shaping up to become Britain’s equivalent to America’s Super Bowl, with 30-second commercials selling for about $350,000 each, the London Financial Times observed today (Tuesday). Phil Hall, head of TV at ad agency Mediacom, told the newspaper, “The World Cup […]

CHERYL COLE LEAVES BRITAIN’S X FACTOR

November 5, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Singer Cheryl Cole has reportedly gone AWOL from the U.K. hit talent show The X Factor to go house-hunting in Los Angeles, amid rumors that she will become a judge on the American version of the show when it launches next year. The London Daily Star said today (Friday) that Cole had left in the […]

COWELL FORCES BBC TO MOVE HIT SERIES

September 2, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Giving at least the appearance of bowing to Simon Cowell, the creator, producer and judge on Britain’s The X Factor, the BBC announced late today (Thursday) that its hit series Strictly Come Dancing will not air opposite The X Factor when the two shows launch their new seasons on September 11. Earlier in the day, […]

WHAT “SIGNIFICANT” NEW PRODUCT WILL APPLE ANNOUNCE?

August 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Apple is hiring new staff in advance of the company’s release of a “very big new product,” MacDailyNews.com reported Wednesday. Citing a source within Apple, the publication said that the new staff will receive an intensive four-week training course about handling this “significant” product. There was much speculation on Wednesday that Apple is planning a […]

IS NBC GOING TO BUY MURDOCH’S STAKE IN ITV?

August 23, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Shares in Britain’s ITV went on a roller-coaster ride on Friday, soaring 10 percent as word spread that NBC was planning to buy the 7.5 percent stake that News Corp’s BSkyB holds in the commercial broadcaster. But shares in the company quickly headed downwards after one analyst, Alex DeGroote of Panmure Gordon, expressed skepticism, saying, […]

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