Cowell To Be Honored With Special TV Bafta

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May 28, 2010 | 12:03pm EST

Simon Cowell will be presented with a special honor 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 6 June event – his hit TV reality contest Britain’s Got Talent is nominated for Best Entertainment Program.
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 American Idol. He also created The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, with the format for the shows being used around the world.