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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.

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Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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