September 29, 2007

Fix Factor

This is part of the title of a Daily Mail piece alleging behind the scenes fixes at Simon Cowell's X-Factor programme.

Of course this has to be seen in the context of widespread concerns about fakery in television, by people from Alan Yentob downwards. Grade, head of ITV, has said he will not tolerate it. For instance, he has dropped the annual Comedy Awards programme after the revelation that viewers were encouraged to ring in with votes after a trophy had already been awarded.

Will Grade move against X Factor? Quite possibly not - look at the viewing figures. ITV needs the revenue.

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