ITV And BBC Lock Horns Over Saturday Night Spot…Again

Let the BBC vs. BGT battle commence...

A further twist in the BBC/ITV feud has left Auntie’s bosses smarting at the news that Britain’s Got Talent will launch on the same night as their brand new talent show.

Last month, the Beeb settled on March 24 for the glamorous launch of their new £22million singing contest, The Voice.

Jessie J, Tom Jones, and The Scrip frontman Danny O’Donoghue will be making their debut as coaches on the show, which has already experienced phenomenal success in the U.S.

Now an ITV insider has come skipping along to burst the Beeb’s bubble by revealing that March 24 is also the probable start date for the new run of BGT, judged by Alesha Dixon, David Walliams, Simon Cowell and Amanda Holden.

An angry Beeb source said last night: “This is typical of ITV, parking their tanks on our lawn just as we launch a major new format.

“They are smarting because they didn’t get the show although they bid £10million more than us.”

Reportedly, the words “na-na-na-naaaah-naâ€? were also heard being chanted in the background.

An ITV source said: “We haven’t declared our launch date but, if I was a betting man, I’d go for March 24.

“The BBC know we always launch BGT around this time. If anyone is parking tanks on a lawn, it’s them on ours!”

There have so far been no exact details about scheduling released but there is every possibility that the two shows will overlap at some point throughout the Saturday night slot.

Viewers should be prepared for the same infuriating battles seen in the dark days of the X-Factor/Strictly Come Dancing conflict.