Strictly Come Dancing 'could be BANNED from airing against X Factor' by the government

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The attack on the BBC by the government looks set to continue and Strictly Come Dancing could now be hit.

The broadcaster is already facing huge cuts plus strict new rules and restrictions could be about to get even tighter.

The Daily Mail newspaper reports on a planned crackdown on 'competitive scheduling' by Culture Secretary John Whittingdale.

It could force the BBC to avoid clashes with rival shows on ITV.

"It would be fairly obvious when ITV had a flagship programme they were hoping to get high ratings for and where it would be unfair for the BBC to take it on head-to-head," a government source is quoted as saying.

But an insider for the BBC hit back: "We don’t think long-running programmes like Bake Off or Strictly should be forced to move simply because someone else wants to show a programme at the same time."

In a white paper due to be published later this month (May), it's also expected that the BBC will be banned from cross promoting shows and told to be more transparent with its stars' salaries.

The BBC did not comment on the reports but a source told the Mail on Sunday: "The BBC does less promotion than other public service broadcasters and we don’t aggressively schedule programming.

"All that moving programmes would do is annoy the public and make it harder for them to find the shows they have already paid for."

Strictly will return to BBC One later this year.

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