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Strictly moves to earlier time slot.

Summary: Strictly Come Dancing is to be moved to an earlier time slot, but BBC bosses reject claims they are running scared from The X Factor.

Strictly Come Dancing is to be moved to an earlier time slot, but BBC bosses deny it is because they are running scared from The X Factor.

The two shows have clashed for periods of more than an hour at times, leaving fans hopping between channels.

But on October 31, the overlap will be eased to 45 minutes, with Strictly starting at 6.50pm and ending at 8.45pm, and ITV's The X Factor getting under way at 8pm.

A spokesman for the BBC said the earlier slot had nothing to do with The X Factor and the move was to make way for a new series starring impressionist Jon Culshaw.

He added that Strictly is a "key part of our Saturday line-up".

The overlap is expected to decrease naturally as more hopefuls are knocked out of the competitions, leading to shorter running times. The X Factor hit a new high with its biggest ever audience on Sunday.

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