Fox Said to Name J-Lo, Steven Tyler as `American Idol' Judges Next Week

News Corp.’s Fox will announce next week that recording artists Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler are joining “American Idol” as judges, according to two people with knowledge of the plans.

Randy Jackson, an original judge on the most-watched U.S. television program, will return, said the people, who sought anonymity because the plans aren’t public. Fox will make the announcement Sept. 22 in Los Angeles, one of the people said.

The network is altering “Idol” after judge Simon Cowell left last season to start a new talent show, “The X-Factor,” on Fox in September 2011. Nigel Lythgoe returned to “Idol” as a producer and is putting a higher priority on music. Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Universal Music Group’s Interscope Records will be a creative consultant on the show, one person said.

Gaude Paez, a spokeswoman at Fox Broadcasting in Los Angeles, said the network declined to comment.

News Corp., controlled by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rupert Murdoch, fell 20 cents to $13.54 at 2:37 p.m. on the Nasdaq Stock Market. Before today, the Class A shares were little changed this year.

The Los Angeles Times reported last month that Tyler and Lopez would join “Idol,” and that Iovine would have a role at the show.

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