ITV's chief executive Adam Crozier has dismissed reports that The X Factor and its sister show Britain's Got Talent may air at different times of the year, saying there was "no doubt" The X Factor will return this autumn. Speaking to The Guardian, Crozier also insisted no decisions on the judging panel had been made yet.
Amongst rumours that Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole will quit the show this year, Crozier said: "We are not due to make decisions on X Factor yet for a couple of months, there are a number of options."
On reports that The X Factor could be moved to a different time of the year or even axed completely this year to make way for the US version, Crozier commented: "I understand why this is such a sexy story, for want of a better word, but our relationship with Syco has never been stronger; we have struck the first long-term deal for BGT and X Factor.
"I can absolutely confirm for any avoidance of doubt that BGT will appear in the spring and X Factor in the autumn."
ITV and Syco signed a three-year-deal last autumn which will see both Britain's Got Talent and The X Factor on the channel until 2013.