Strictly annoyed Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell has hit out at the BBC for scheduling 'Strictly Come Dancing' against 'The X Factor', saying bosses have no respect for licence fee payers
Simon Cowell has hit out at the BBC for scheduling 'Strictly Come Dancing' against 'The X Factor'.
The music mogul - who is a judge on the ITV1 talent-searching show - is furious the network has planned for the two programmes to clash on Saturday nights and wants 'Strictly' to be aired in an earlier time-slot otherwise it's not fair to viewers.
He said: "This is nothing more than being pathetic, childish and doing a disservice to people who pay the licence fee.
"We don't pay the licence fee for people to play games with ratings. It is completely and utterly wrong. We gave them the choice last year about time slots but they have this obsession with competing with us."
Simon - whose mother enjoys both 'The X Factor' and 'Strictly' - suggested BBC bosses put it on at 5pm, saying: "I would say they put it on a bit earlier in the afternoon because their audience is older. I am being serious. Then they can have a nap afterwards if it finishes at six."
However, a BBC spokesperson said it would be impossible to change the schedule and claimed ITV had made no attempt to discuss the potential clashes.
Last year, when the shows went head-to-head, 'Strictly' was regularly beaten in the ratings.