Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 27 August 2014

Special Bafta for Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell is to be awarded an honorary prize at the TV Baftas

Britain's Got Talent boss Simon Cowell is to be awarded an honorary prize at the TV Baftas next month, it has been announced.

The X Factor supremo will be given the "Special Award" at the Philips British Academy Television Awards for his outstanding contribution to the entertainment industry.

The award, presented to TV luminaries such as Jane Tranter and Andy Harries in the past, also recognises his role in developing new talent.

The award will be handed over during the ceremony at the London Palladium on Sunday, June 6.

John Willis, chair of the Bafta TV committee, said: "Over the past few years he has not only helped change the entertainment landscape but has re-invented Saturday night family entertainment.

"His shows enable exciting new talent to shine and are the most talked-about programmes on British television. He is quite simply one of the most brilliant entertainment producers of our time."

Cowell became a TV mogul after rising to prominence as a judge on Pop Idol, later creating The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent, and becoming a big name in the US with American Idol.

He has helped to make Susan Boyle a worldwide success and the ... Got Talent format is now screened in more than 40 countries.

The awards will be screened by BBC1.

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Latest Entertainment News

Latest Music News

Latest Film & TV News

Latest Eating Out News

Horoscopes

Your Horoscopes by Russell Grant

Virgo:

It's difficult to deal with a highly competitive colleague. Every time you submit work, they try to find ways to outperform you. Although you have no interest in pitting your talent against theirs, this other person thinks very differently. Ignoring them won't be possible. A good way to disarm this pest is to invite them out for coffee. Describe what you've observed and ask for a truce. Irrational people are often thrown off balance when their behaviour is addressed in a direct manner.More