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Simon Fuller eyes American Idol buy bid

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Published: Monday, May 31, 2010, 12:53 [IST]

London (ANI): Ex-Spice Girls boss Simon Fuller has joined hands with an ex-Barclays Capital banker to buy a company that owns the rights to American Idol. Fuller is leading a group of investors reported to be offering a 600-million-dollar bid to acquire the company, reports the BBC news.

A company that has been owned by Fuller created the Idol franchise but later in 2005 was sold to CKX Inc. American Idol has run for nine years and produced celebs including Kelly Clarkson, Kris Allen and Taylor Hicks.

CKX's founder, chairman and chief executive Robert FX Sillerman resigned earlier this month and expressed his desire to buy the company as his 21pct stake makes him its largest shareholder. Former Barclays Capital banker Roger Jenkins was one of the investors joining Fuller in the CKX bid, said The Wall Street Journal.

Topics: spice girls, simon fuller, american idol, kelly clarkson
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