If you read it though, it is far less dramatic than the headline suggests. They’ve got loads of returning and new programmes lined up and they’ve been planning it for months.
I’m not quite sure where they get 40 hours from either. Wasn’t X Factor (and BGT The Champions) laterly about 90 mins to 2 hours over about 12 weeks?
They’ve lumped Take Me Out in as well because they’ve axed that too.
X Factor ran for about 40-45 hours every year from 2009-17, but they went down to about 36 in 2018 and then last year went down to 14 hours of X Factor Celebrity and 12 hours of BGT Champions (plus 6 hours of X Factor The Band but that was on weeknights so will presumably just be replaced with normal weeknight stuff).
Of course, last year BGT Champions was 2 hours every week and some X Factors were nearly as long, which meant Jonathan Ross was being pushed back to 10.30pm some weeks. That’s too late really so they’ll probably take the opportunity to bring his show a bit earlier, which in turn means they have slightly fewer hours to fill. Essentially they’re looking for a ‘main event’ programme for 14 Saturdays. I assume they’ll use Millionaire again on Sundays, and maybe use some of the new 2 hour dramas they’ve ordered in the Autumn to fill Sundays from 8pm.