BBC bosses furious at BGT clash
BBC bosses are furious at ITV1's decision to air 'Britain's Got Talent' at the same time as 'The Voice' leading to an overlap on the launch night
BBC bosses are said to be "furious" at ITV1's decision to air 'Britain's Got Talent' at the same time as 'The Voice'.
The channel decided to schedule its new singer search show 15 minutes earlier than originally planned for its launch night on March 24 in order to avoid a clash with Simon Cowell's talent programme but ITV have now moved their show back by 15 minutes leading to a potential 50 minutes overlap, the London Evening Standard newspaper reports.
The BBC is investing millions in its new singing show - in which wannabes perform blind auditions for the judges will.i.am, Jessie J, Sir Tom Jones and The Script's Danny O'Donoghue, who will then become their coaches - and have been insistent that they don't want a clash with ITV.
Danny Cohen, BBC One controller, told BANG Showbiz: "We don't want to be going head to head with 'Britain's Got Talent', that's not our intention. We're very focused on making sure our show is as good as it can possibly be and I'm sure ITV will want to do the same.
"We're not in a battle with anyone. We're not interested in raising tensions; I think 'X Factor' is a great show, 'Britain's Got Talent' is also a great show but we're focused on our show being brilliant and bringing new people to BBC One with it."