Cowell plans global Top of the Pops-style show

Simon Cowell has plans for an international music show similar to axed television institution Top of the Pops.

The X Factor creator has hinted before that he wanted to bring a Top of the Pops-style show back to the screens, but said it could not be just based in the UK.

He said: “It’s not cost effective just doing it in the UK.

“To do it properly it needs a lot, it would need to be bigger than just one country, and that’s what we are thinking about at the moment, but I don’t think this is for now, it’s for a year down the line.”

Top of the Pops was a viewing staple for 42 years until it was dropped in 2006 after falling audiences.

Earlier this year, the BBC announced it was going to show weekly reruns in its original time slot on BBC4.

The series started at 1976, the point at which the BBC’s full archive of shows begins.

Although the series began in 1964, originally recorded in a Manchester church, many editions were famously lost or taped over in the days when TV stations were less rigorous about cataloguing their shows.

Although the show was dropped five years ago, it is revived annually for a Christmas Day edition.

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