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Thursday, July 20, 2006

British Court Must Watch Jerry Springer Show

Flextech Television provides 10 channels of programming for a British cable operator.  In 1998, Flextech entered into a contract with Universal Studios which committed Flextech to air the Jerry Springer show while it was running in the U.S.  In 2001, Flextech claims  the "vast majority" of episodes contained content which was unsuitable for daytime viewing and which would violate British broadcasting rules.  Flextech claims it was entitled to cancel the contract on this basis.  Universal, on the other hand, insists that the Springer show had not changed much.

The Washington Post reports that a British appellate court has remanded this contract case to a trial judge to decide "whether content had changed enough to amount to a breach of contract."  How will the court determine whether the content of the show had become "too strong for local tastes"?  By watching some of the 400 hours of videotape of the Springer show. . .

[Meredith R. Miller]

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