Simon Cowell has blasted the BBC, claiming it is biased against ‘X Factor’ winner Joe McElderry.
The music mogul – whose show is on rival network ITV – has complained he thinks the BBC is giving music chart rivals Rage Against The Machine and their track ‘Killing In The Name’ more airtime than Joe’s debut single ‘The Climb’.
Simon said: “Joe doesn’t deserve to be stuck in the middle of this. I can’t stand snobbery and a campaign aimed at harming him and his chart position, just for the sake of it, is unnecessary.”
A source close to ‘X Factor’ boss Simon claimed he felt the BBC were trying to get back at him in the race for the festive number one single after his show trumped the BBC’s reality programme ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ in the ratings week after week.
The source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “At the moment, it just looks like a massive case of sour grapes from the BBC. ‘Strictly’ was smashed in the ratings by ‘X Factor’.
“Now someone at the BBC seems to have an agenda which has made Simon and people working on ‘The X Factor’ furious.
“Most of the BBC radio phone-ins and coverage on the chart battle seems to be about Rage. Simon is not upset about losing money or anything like that.
“He just wants Joe to have a fair chance and an opportunity to get a debut number one.”
Since 18-year-old singer Joe’s debut track was released on Sunday evening – the night he won the show – a campaign has been running to stop him from topping the Christmas singles chart this weekend.
Yesterday the US rock band had sold over 35,000 more copies than the Geordie teenager.