Simon Cowell cross with the BBC
Simon Cowell has criticised the BBC for scheduling 'Strictly Come Dancing' at the same time as 'The X Factor' this year.
The celebrity thinks that making the two programmes compete for viewers is 'childish'
He argues that putting two such popular TV shows on at the same time will mean that the viewers will suffer.
‘This is nothing more than being pathetic, childish and doing a disservice to people who pay the licence fee,' he complained.
Simon blames the BBC for creating a ratings war between the two reality shows, saying;
‘We gave them the choice last year about time slots but they have this obsession with competing with us.
Simon, 50, insists that the BBC should be the ones to move to an earlier slot, since he believes that Strictly has a more elderly audience.
‘I would suggest that they put it on earlier in the afternoon because their audience is older,' he says.
‘I am being serious. Then they can have a nap afterwards if it finishes at six.'
But a BBC insider claims that showing Strictly at an earlier time would be foolish.
‘We have Merlin in the early slot which is very successful with families,' he explains, 'so Cowell's idea is ridiculous.'
Obviously, on this occasion Mr Cowell's many charms and gifts of persuasion have fallen on deaf ears.