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Simon Cowell Is Special Honoree at 2010 BAFTAs

May 29, 2010 (3:29 am) GMT
'Britain's Got Talent' and 'The X Factor' creator will be handed with special honor for his outstanding contribution to TV by British Academy (BAFTA) Television Awards next month.
Simon Cowell

will be presented with a special honour at next month's British Academy (BAFTA) Television Awards. The music mogul has been chosen by the BAFTA committee to receive a trophy for his "outstanding contribution (to TV) and for his development of new talent."

The 50 year old could take home two awards at the June 6 event - his hit TV reality contest "" is nominated for Best Entertainment Programme. It is the second special honor Cowell is set to receive in 2010 - he will also pick up an International Emmy award in November for having "reshaped 21st century television and music around the world."

Cowell shot to fame in Britain as a judge on now defunct singing contest Pop Idol in 2001, before appearing on the panel of "". He also created "" and "Britain's Got Talent", with the format for the shows being used around the world.

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