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May 16, 1991 | JEFF KAYE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Several American entertainment giants, including NBC, Walt Disney Co. and Time Warner's Home Box Office, emerged Wednesday as competitors in the multibillion-dollar bidding war for lucrative commercial television franchises in Britain. The U.S. companies, all participating as part of consortia formed specifically to seek the 10-year Independent Television licenses, were among the dozens of entrants plunging into the murky waters of the British ITV franchising system.
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May 16, 1991 | JEFF KAYE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Several American entertainment giants, including NBC, Walt Disney Co. and Time Warner's Home Box Office, emerged Wednesday as competitors in the multibillion-dollar bidding war for lucrative commercial television franchises in Britain. The U.S. companies, all participating as part of consortia formed specifically to seek the 10-year Independent Television licenses, were among the dozens of entrants plunging into the murky waters of the British ITV franchising system.
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July 19, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A British Court of Appeal judge on Tuesday ordered a trial to settle a dispute between distributors of "The Jerry Springer Show" and a company claiming the program became too strong for local tastes. Flextech Television, which provides 10 channels of programming for British cable operator NTL Inc., contends it was entitled to cancel its "Springer" deal with Universal Studios International because it became impossible to air some episodes without violating British broadcasting rules.
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August 27, 2003 | From Reuters
Sex scenes and nudity on British television increased last year, reflecting more relaxed public attitudes, researchers said Tuesday. Programs such as "G-String Divas" and "Real Sex" on the Five channel helped double the number of scenes depicting sexual intercourse in 2002. "Attitudes toward sex and sexual activity have changed over the years," said Paul Bolt, director of the Broadcasting Standards Commission, a government-funded watchdog.
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October 17, 1991 | JEFF KAYE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
British TV viewers are going to get a dash of Disney with their morning bowl of Weetabix as a result of new commercial television franchises awarded here Wednesday. Sunrise Television, a consortium that includes Walt Disney Co. Ltd. and several British media companies, won the lucrative contract to broadcast a commercial breakfast-time program across Britain, seven days a week. The license covers a 10-year period starting Jan. 1, 1993.
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August 17, 1991 | From Associated Press
An American evangelist who picked up the pieces of Jim and Tammy Bakker's television empire has been told he cannot work miracles on British television. The weekly "miracle healing" episode of "Victory With Morris Cerullo" was pulled last week from Super Channel after the Independent Television Commission expressed concern. The channel has 23 million viewers across Europe. Regulators say the program violates British standards because miracles cannot be proved.
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November 17, 1990 | JEFF KAYE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The quasi-governmental agency that regulates the British TV industry announced Friday that it was terminating its contract with British Satellite Broadcasting, the company that merged two weeks ago with Rupert Murdoch's Sky Television. And, in a remarkably frosty tone, the Independent Broadcasting Authority also warned that regulators will soon have the power to prohibit the new British Sky Broadcasting from transmitting in Britain.
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December 3, 1991 | JEFF KAYE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Astute television viewers may be familiar with the logo of Thames Television, a sketch of London riverfront landmarks encompassing St. Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge and Parliament. A larger number of viewers have watched Thames programming without realizing it. From the documentary series "The World at War" to the regal story of "Edward and Mrs.
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December 29, 1988 | DAN FISHER, Times Staff Writer
Some say they see the ghost of Airey Neave in the British government's plans for the future of its broadcasting industry. Neave was the architect of Margaret Thatcher's successful 1975 campaign to head the Conservative Party. And from then until he was killed by a car bomb as he drove out of the House of Commons parking lot only weeks before she became prime minister in 1979, Neave was Thatcher's personal secretary.
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April 27, 1991 | JEFF KAYE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Throughout two decades in power, Brazil's military regime enforced strict political censorship in the media. But the ruling generals never placed restrictions on the nation's sex-film industry. As a result, from the late 1960s to the early 1980s, some of Brazil's most talented filmmakers made soft-core porn movies with underlying political messages as a means of subverting the military leadership.
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