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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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