As was expected to happen, ITV have announced a new three-year deal for Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor today, which will see two of the UK’s biggest television formats continuing on Britain’s most watched commercial channel through to 2019.
The agreement, with Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia UK, extends ITV’s successful, long-standing relationship with Simon Cowell for a further three years.
The new partnership will commence with Britain’s Got Talent in Spring 2017 followed by The X Factor in the Autumn.
Simon Cowell commented: "I want to thank ITV for continuing to be fantastic partners. I'm delighted for the shows and, in particular, for all the talented people who work on them with us.”
Kevin Lygo, ITV’s Director of Television, said: “Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor are both big, brilliant, wonderful shows and I am delighted that they will continue to take up their place as an important part of our schedule for the next three years.
"They are defining shows for us, ones that we are very proud to have as part of our entertainment slate, and they continue year after year, for months at a time, to be amongst the most popular and hugely entertaining formats on television.”
Richard Holloway, Managing Director, Thames TV, & Interim CEO FremantleMedia UK added: “I’m delighted that we are continuing our successful relationship with ITV for a further three years. We are immensely proud of Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor and we look forward to entertaining viewers for years to come.”
The current series of The X Factor - the last in the existing contract - continues this Saturday and Sunday night on ITV.
Britain's Got Talent 2017 auditions are already open for next year's eleventh series.