Simon Cowell to save Christmas (Top Of The Pops)?
30th Oct 2008 | 16:21
He'd like to buy music show from the BBC
The festive edition of Top Of The Pops has traditionally been as much a part of the British Christmas Day as The Queen's speech.
However, having axed the weekly version of the long-running music show in 2006, the BBC this week announced that it's doing away with the 25 December special, too.
But hang on – there could be a Christmas miracle in the offing, as pop mogul Simon Cowell has announced that he'd like to buy the rights to the programme and take it to rival station ITV, the channel that's home to his dubious roster of talent shows.
"I would rather it came to us than just sit in the dustbin," Cowell told a BBC reporter. "It's been a good year for music and I think it's part of the tradition. It's not as though people aren't interested in music at the moment.
"Maybe we could make it a bit more interesting."
We're not sure what to make of this development, but given that Cowell already dominates the Christmas charts with his X Factor winners, it comes as no surprise to learn that he quite fancies a piece of the TV action as well.