Org recognizes 'outstanding contribution' of fellow Brit

LONDON — Simon Cowell, who has bowed out at “American Idol” and segues next to the U.S. version of “The X Factor,” will be given a special prize at next month’s British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ TV awards.

The “X Factor” judge is being honored for his “outstanding contribution … and for his development of new talent.”

John Willis, chairman of BAFTA’s TV committee, said he was “delighted” to recognize “one of the most brilliant entertainment producers of our time.”

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