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The note that spawned ‘Idol’ and ‘X Factor’

The Guardian revisits the note jotted down by then-Thames Television's CEO Alan Boyd that led to the creation of Pop Idol, the granddaddy of singing competition shows. The Guardian makes a case that the note, a result of a meeting between Simon Cowell and Simon Fuller, changed the face of Saturday night television. That template spawned American Idol, X Factor, Britain's Got Talent and many others.
October 26, 2009

The Guardian revisits the note jotted down by then-Thames Television’s CEO Alan Boyd that led to the creation of Pop Idol, the granddaddy of singing competition shows. The Guardian makes a case that the note, a result of a meeting between Simon Cowell and Simon Fuller, changed the face of Saturday night television. That template spawned American Idol, X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent and many others.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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