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BAFTA to honor Simon Cowell

BAFTA TV Award due June 6; Int'l Emmy also due in Nov.

LONDON -- Famous for his acerbic put-downs on both sides of the Atlantic, Simon Cowell will be recognized for his contribution to entertainment next week by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts at the BAFTA Television Awards.

Cowell will be awarded a special BAFTA award for this role developing entertainment talent, handed out on the biggest night in television in the U.K.

The awards will be held June 6 in front of an audience at the London Palladium.

John Willis, chair of BAFTA's TV committee, said he was "delighted" to recognize "one of the most brilliant entertainment producers of our time." Previous special award winners include Paul Greengrass and BBC drama chief Jane Tranter.

Cowell, who fronts "Britain's Got Talent" and "X-Factor" in the U.K., will launch "X-Factor" in the U.S. later this year.

In November, the 50-year-old will also be handed an International Emmy award in recognition of his television work.