Cowell signs new ITV deal
ITV has agreed a new deal with Simon Cowell to bring its two biggest shows, The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent, back to TV screens next year.
The deal will see both shows on ITV1 for the next three years.
Cowell has not yet agreed his personal deal with ITV, and has to juggle his on-screen appearances in the UK with his new commitments in the US, where he will launch an American version of The X Factor in autumn next year.
Cowell has already said that he will be absent from the audition rounds of Britain's Got Talent for the new series which will be broadcast in spring next year.
It is also possible that he will miss the British X Factor auditions, when it returns in the autumn, with viewers seeing him on screen only as a judge for the live finals.
He may even fly back and forth between London and Los Angeles to appear on both the UK and US versions of The X Factor in the same week, as Len Goodman does with Strictly Come Dancing and its US counterpart, Dancing with the Stars.
Cowell said: "I am thrilled this deal has been concluded with ITV to enable our relationship to continue to develop. I am committed to making sure both shows get bigger and better every year. I have a lot to thank ITV for; they have been key in making The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent the UK's biggest television shows."
Peter Fincham, ITV Director of Television, said: “The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent are the shows that have helped define the last decade of television in the UK and have become more than just a talking point: they are a national obsession, and I’m delighted that our viewers can continue to enjoy them on ITV over the next three years."