Britain’s Got Talent set to remain an annual fixture but X Factor future uncertain beyond 2020
The news comes ahead of the launch of new Syco/Thames series X Factor: The Band, which airs tonight and will feature four episodes over alternate evenings in 8pm and 8.30pm slots.
ITV and Cowell have been in long-term discussions about a new contract and while it is believed they have settled on a deal, it is unclear which version of the X Factor will air in 2020.
The deal is set to include five more series of Britain’s Got Talent, according to The Sun.
The recent celebrity incarnation The X Factor, which aired on Saturday nights, delivered an underpowered overnight series average of 3.2m (18.1%).
News of an extended deal follows former judge Gabrielle Union departure from America’s Got Talent after calling out an alleged toxic culture on NBC’s long-running US version of BGT.
She claimed she was told that her hair and wardrobe were “too black” for the competition.
“While there will be a further investigation to get a deeper understanding of the facts, we are working with Gabrielle to come to a positive resolution,” said NBC.
ITV has yet to comment on the Cowell deal.