UK commercial broadcaster ITV has confirmed a new three-year deal for Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor, which will see two of the UK’s biggest television formats continuing on Britain’s most watched commercial channel until at least 2019.
The agreement, with Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia UK, extends ITV’s successful, long-standing relationship with Simon Cowell for a further three years. The new partnership will commence with Britain’s Got Talent in Spring 2017 followed by The X Factor in the Autumn.
“Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor are both big, brilliant, wonderful shows and I am delighted that they will continue to take up their place as an important part of our schedule for the next three years,” declared Kevin Lygo, ITV’s Director of Television. “They are defining shows for us, ones that we are very proud to have as part of our entertainment slate, and they continue year after year, for months at a time, to be amongst the most popular and hugely entertaining formats on television.”
“I want to thank ITV for continuing to be fantastic partners,” commented Cowell. “I’m delighted for the shows and, in particular, for all the talented people who work on them with us.”
“I’m delighted that we are continuing our successful relationship with ITV for a further three years,” added Richard Holloway, Managing Director, Thames TV, and Interim CEO FremantleMedia UK. “We are immensely proud of Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor and we look forward to entertaining viewers for years to come.”