Simon Cowell believes that the BBC is offering undue prominence to the chart campaign against X Factor winner Joe McElderry, a report has claimed.
According to The Mirror, the music mogul fears that executives at the corporation want revenge after The X Factor triumphed over Strictly Come Dancing in the Saturday night ratings battle.
McElderry's rivals Rage Against The Machine performed and gave an interview on BBC station Five Live yesterday morning. The band's song 'Killing In The Name' was also being played on Radio 1.
A source close to Cowell is quoted as saying: "At the moment, it just looks like a massive case of sour grapes from the BBC. Strictly was smashed in the ratings by X Factor. Now someone at the BBC seems to have an agenda and that has made Simon and people working on The X Factor furious."