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    E U R O P E


    RECORD VIEWERSHIP FOR EURO 2004
    According to Médiamétrie’s newest Eurodata TV Sport
    Insight survey, viewership for the Euro 2004 football
    tournament topped the viewership for this year’s
    summer Olympic Games across Europe. Highlights of the
    Euro 2004 ratings include the numbers for Germany,
    where 25.4 million viewers tuned in for the
    Greece/Portugal finale on ZDF, scoring a market share
    of 68.5 per cent. In Greece, meanwhile, ET1 scored an
    80.6 per cent share—for some 3 million viewers—for the
    final match. In France, TF1 nabbed a 59.9 per cent
    share with the 15.3 million viewers who watched the
    France/Switzerland match. And BBC One generated a 72.5
    per cent share for the 20.7 million audiences for the
    Portugal-U.K. event. In terms of the Olympics,
    gymnastics and athletics topped in Germany, which
    scored 24.6 per cent and 26.3 per cent shares
    respectively. Those two disciplines were also popular
    in Spain, generating shares of 18.5 per cent and 19.8
    per cent. Football and basketball were the big winners
    in Italy, with 36.6 per cent and 33.8 per cent shares
    respectively.

    EBU RECOMMENDS HDTV STANDARD
    The EBU Technical Committee has recommended that
    Emission standards for HDTV should be based on
    progressive scanning: 720p/50 is currently the optimum
    solution, but 1080p/50 is an attractive option for the
    longer term. Although there are strong technical
    arguments in favour of progressive scanning for
    emission, the EBU Technical Committee recognises that
    some broadcasters might wish to broadcast 1080i
    programme material. As consumer electronics equipment
    (e.g. set-top boxes and displays) will accept both
    720p and 1080i formats, broadcasters will be able to
    select either of these formats – even on a
    programme-by-programme basis. Taking into account that
    production and emission standards do not need to be
    identical, further EBU studies on Production standards
    for HDTV in Europe are in progress. This work is not
    intended to result in a recommendation for a single
    standard for HDTV production.

    AUSTRIA

    FAHRENHEIT 9/11 TO AIR ON NOVEMBER 1
    Austrian public broadcaster ORF is joining the ranks
    of broadcasters that will show Michael Moore's
    anti-Bush documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11" on November 1,
    only months after its theatrical release. German
    commercial channel ProSieben will broadcast "9/11" on
    the same evening. ORF will run "Fahrenheit" as the
    climax of its U.S. election background coverage, which
    includes two other critical documentaries over the
    next two weeks: "People Like Us: Social Class in
    America," by Andrew Kolker and Louis Alvarez, and
    Robert Greenwald's "Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on
    Journalism."

    CZECH REPUBLIC

    PARLIAMENTARY CHANNEL TO START THIS MONTH
    Members of both houses of Parliament soon will be
    watched more closely than ever before. 24.cz, a
    television station that will broadcast the day-to-day
    activities of the country's MPs, begins trial
    broadcasting October 28. The channel, which will be
    available also on cable and via Astra satellite, will
    operate under the Region Media company umbrella and
    has a 12-year broadcasting license. UPC will not
    support the company financially but will provide
    technical support and signal distribution. 24.cz is
    scheduled to begin "regular" broadcasting Nov. 17, the
    15th anniversary of the 1989 revolution, and in time
    it may evolve into a comprehensive news channel.

    FINLAND

    BROADCASTERS CRITICISED OVER MOBILE BILLS
    Finland's consumer watchdog said on October 11 it had
    reprimanded broadcasters for causing children to run
    up huge mobile phone bills with interactive television
    game and chat programs. In one case a child played a
    television game as though it were a computer game,
    sending enough text messages to get a bill of €1,200.

    FRANCE

    PRIVATE GOLD ON NOOS CABLE
    Private Media Group Inc announced on October 14 the
    launch of the Private Gold television channel on Noos,
    the largest cable television operator in France,
    following an agreement with Private Blue and Gold
    Broadcasting, a Private Media Group Licensee. Under
    the terms of the agreement, the Private Gold channel
    will be offered to Noos subscribers from October 18 as
    part of a premium channel package on a monthly
    subscription basis. The adult entertainment channel
    will be broadcast from midnight to 5 am seven days a
    week. Private Gold is currently available in more than
    40 countries around the world.

    TF1 GETS GOVERNMENT BACKING
    A government commissioner has found in favour of TF1's
    challenge of DTT licences awarded to the Canal Plus
    group. In his conclusions, the commissioner
    recommended cancelling the licences to the channels
    Sport+, i-Tele, Planete, CineCinema, Premier, iMCM,
    and Canal j. The decision does not affect the premium
    channel Canal +. In its complaint, TF1 pointed out
    that Canal + and the Lagardere Group jointly
    controlled two of these channels, iMCM and Canal-j and
    so should be counted among the licences awarded to
    both of the operators. At the time of the call for
    tenders, the upper limit was five channel licences per
    operator. This upper limit for licences has now been
    amended to seven, but the commissioner considered that
    the law as it was at the time should be applied.

    GERMANY

    SAT.1 SALE DENIED
    Leading commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 Media
    will not sell its Sat.1 station, chief executive
    Guillaume de Posch told German news magazine Focus,
    dismissing rumours of a sale, in an interview to be
    published on October 9. Earlier, Sueddeutsche Zeitung
    had reported rumours that ProSieben's biggest
    shareholder Haim Saban could sell Sat.1. America's
    Walt Disney Co was cited as an interested buyer.

    SCIENTIFIC-ATLANTA CHOSEN FOR DVB-T PROJECT
    Following the successful deployment of its technology
    in Germany’s DVB-T pilot project in Berlin,
    Scientific-Atlanta Europe has been selected to supply
    its technology for the next two deployments in and
    around the cities of Cologne, Bonn, Bremen and
    Hanover. The Cologne/Bonn project started on May 24,
    with the deployment in the Hamburg, Düsseldorf and
    Ruhrgebiet areas commencing in November.
    Scientific-Atlanta’s technology will help provide
    digital terrestrial television to a potential audience
    of 24 million viewers. The demands of DVB-T are that
    four channels must be transported at a bit rate of
    13.2 mbps to enable blanket coverage for consumers
    using either rooftop or indoor portable aerials. This
    will also support customers using mobile reception.

    HISTORY CHANNEL TO LAUNCH NOVEMBER 15
    AETN International has unveiled a November 15 launch
    date for History Channel's long-awaited German debut,
    and has inked a deal with ZDF Enterprises for local
    content. Adding to the Sunday night branded block on
    public broadcaster ZDF, the new German-language pay
    network will draw on the AETN library and some locally
    produced and acquired German-themed history
    programming. The channel will be carried on Kabel
    Deutschland through its new digital programme package,
    Kabel Digital Home. The pay platform, competing with
    satellite platform Premiere, launched at the end of
    September with a slew of international channels
    including E! Entertainment, BBC Prime, AXN, Sci-Fi,
    Nat Geo, Planet, ESPN Classic Sports, MTV Hits, MTV
    Dance, VH1 Classic, Trace TV and Playboy TV. According
    to vice-president of programming and production at
    AETN International, Michael Katz, the company's second
    international channel, Biography, will launch into key
    European territories in the first quarter of 2005.
    Other plans for 2005 include the launch of a new
    themed factual channel called i24: Investigation TV,
    dedicated to crime-related factual programming.

    TV AD REVENUE ON THE INCREASE
    German TV ad revenue totaled €5.3 billion over the
    first nine months of the year -- a year-over-year
    increase of about 3.2% -- according to figures
    released on October 14 by Nielsen Media Research.
    Despite the good news, TV continued to underperform in
    the total German advertising market, which grew 5.7%
    compared with the first nine months of 2003, according
    to Nielsen.

    HUNGARY

    CR TO BID FOR ANTENNA HUNGARIA
    The Czech telecommunications firm Ceske
    radiokomunikace (CRa) will take part in a
    privatization tender for the state-owned Hungarian
    broadcaster Antenna Hungaria, according to the
    Hungarian business weekly HVG. The weekly says CRa is
    one of six foreign investors to express interest in
    the company. The others are France's Telediffusion,
    Portugal Telecom, Spain's Retevision, Italy's
    Telespazio, and the venture capital firm Advent
    International. The Antenna privatization has been
    postponed several times already, but the state
    privatization agency recently announced that it wants
    to complete the tender by the end of 2004. The
    government controls 73.7 % of the telecommunications
    firm and wants to sell the whole stake to a strategic
    investor.

    IRELAND

    BROADCASTERS READY TO ACCEPT FINE SYSTEM
    Private radio and TV companies have said they would be
    willing to accept a system of fines or "penalty
    points" for breaches of broadcasting regulations. The
    Independent Broadcasters of Ireland (IBI), which
    represents commercial stations throughout the State,
    said at present there was no flexibility when stations
    broke the rules. The regulator, the Broadcasting
    Commission of Ireland (BCI), either wrote to stations
    warning of the breaches or removed licences
    altogether, said the IBI.

    ITALY

    POLICE DISCOVER SATELLITE PIRATE
    Brescia Finance Police have discovered the first and
    only case in Europe of satellite piracy. A TV
    broadcaster with very sophisticated technology was
    discovered using frequencies to broadcast scrambled
    sport and pornography programmes. Also discovered was
    a network of customers with smart cards retailing at
    €100 each, as the result of an investigation conducted
    in Italy and France over the course of a year.

    SCIENTIFIC-ATLANTA AND SIRTI TO HELP RAI DTT LAUNCH
    In order to meet a strict government deadline for
    establishing digital transmission over its terrestrial
    network, Rai Way selected a Sirti - Scientific-Atlanta
    Europe NV DVB-T digital transport solution to serve
    RAI, the national public broadcaster in Italy. The new
    Scientific-Atlanta satellite uplink system has been
    installed in Rome for Rai Way to operate as it manages
    the national public broadcast network for RAI in
    Italy. The new digital system went into operation in
    early January 2004 following integration and
    installation by Sirti. The Scientific-Atlanta
    satellite uplink system is used by Rai Way to provide
    programming to feed the digital transmitters covering
    major cities in Italy. The new uplink system replaces
    an aging system, and will also deliver satellite
    programming to DTH customers. The system supplied will
    distribute programs for RAI's DTH European satellite
    programs and two national digital terrestrial
    bouquets.

    A.S. ROMA SIGNS PAY-TV DEAL
    AS Roma has announced that it had signed a €102
    million TV deal with Sky Italia to have its games
    broadcast via the satellite TV service for the next
    two seasons.

    POLAND

    TVN IPO IN DECEMBER
    Private Polish TV station TVN will debut on the Warsaw
    Stock Exchange (WSE) in December or early in 2005, an
    analyst close to the deal told Interfax on October 13.
    TVN's parent company, Polish media group ITI, hopes to
    raise $100-150 million through the planned
    three-tranche IPO. Foreign investors will be offered
    40-50% of shares, with 30-40% offered to domestic
    institutional investors and 10-20% to domestic retail
    investors. The offer will not involve a capital
    increase and is aimed, among other things, at bringing
    liquidity to the parent company, the ITI group, and to
    minority investors engaged in ITI.

    PORTUGAL

    RTL GROUP ENTERS TV MARKET
    RTL Group on October 4 announced the acquisition of a
    strategic shareholding of 11.6% in the share capital
    of Grupo Media Capital, a leading Portuguese media
    company. The shareholding was sold to RTL Group by
    Hicks Muse Tate & Furst, a leading global private
    investment firm. Grupo Media Capital is the leading
    television broadcaster in Portugal, measured by both
    prime-time audience share and net advertising revenue,
    through the free to air broadcaster TVI.

    SPAIN

    WORLD TV PREMIERE OF “FAHRENHEIT 9/11” ON CANAL PLUS
    The world TV premiere of Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit
    9/11" will take place in Spain. Premium pay-TV channel
    Canal Plus Espana will air the documentary October 25,
    eight days before the U.S. presidential election. It
    will screen at 22:00, repeat a half-hour later on a
    multiplexed channel and air for the final time at
    22:00 on October 26. "Fahrenheit 9/11" grossed €3.9
    million through October, making it the
    highest-grossing documentary in Spain.

    SWEDEN

    CANAL DIGITAL SVERIGE OPTS FOR KREATEL BOXES
    Kreatel Communications on October 11 announced that it
    has signed an agreement with Canal Digital to provide
    it with set-top boxes and software for the IPTV launch
    to Swedish consumers. Canal Digital, Sweden’s largest
    provider of digital television, is now making its TV
    offering available also over broadband IP networks,
    with Kreatel as one of its suppliers of set-top boxes
    for the service. With a set-top box from Kreatel and a
    subscription from Canal Digital, Swedish consumers
    will have access to many TV channels and video on
    demand delivered with highest video quality. As IPTV
    and video on demand consists of highly valuable
    content, content rights owners require the data to be
    encrypted. The Kreatel IP-STB System contains the
    security solution that receives and decrypts the
    signal, making the content available for the
    subscriber on the TV screen. Canal Digital is fully
    owned by Telenor and is Sweden’s largest distributor
    of digital television. Canal Digital offers
    approximately 80 TV channels, 20 music channels, and
    interactive services over cable, satellite and
    broadband.

    TURKEY

    WARNER BROS SIGNS OUTPUT DEAL
    US major Warner Bros International TV Distribution has
    inked a multi-year free-to-air deal with Turkish
    distributor SAR-AN International for an unspecified
    number of years. The terms give SAR-AN the TV rights
    to films, series and cartoons from the new WBITV slate
    including Harry Potter titles Sorcerer's Stone and
    Chamber of Secrets, The Last Samurai, Matrix Reloaded
    & Revolutions and Ocean's Eleven. Cartoons in the
    package include Duck Dodgers and Baby Looney Tunes.
    SAR-AN, run by Alan Saran, also exclusively represents
    companies including Hallmark Channel, AETN
    International, ESPN and Sportfive inside Turkey.

    UNITED KINGDOM

    BBC PRIME IN 20 MILLION HOMES
    BBC Prime, BBC Worldwide's international entertainment
    channel for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, is for
    the first time reaching more than 20 million
    subscriber households. BBC Prime achieved this
    milestone following recent growth and launches into
    new territories, making BBC Prime one of the most
    popular platforms for British television across
    Europe, the Middle East and Africa. BBC Prime has seen
    strong growth recently with launches across Central
    Europe and Italy, the development of subtitling to
    cover ten languages and new distribution deals in
    France and Germany. In South Africa, BBC Prime is now
    established as the most watched international channel.
    BBC Prime is broadcast to over 20 million subscribers
    across Europe, the Middle East and Africa on cable and
    satellite. Over 2500 hours of new programming are
    transmitted each year, including Parkinson, Top of the
    Pops, EastEnders, The Weakest Link and BBC Learning
    (the BBC's unique overnight educational service). This
    flagship British cable channel shows the best of the
    award-winning programmes from BBC drama, comedy,
    children's, documentary, film and lifestyle series.
    Subtitles are available in English, Hungarian, Czech,
    Polish, Hebrew, Romanian, Italian, Danish, Swedish and
    Norwegian.

    ITV COMPLETES GMTV ACQUISITION
    ITV has completed the Ł31 million acquisition of SMG's
    stake in GMTV, the latest step in taking full control
    of the breakfast-time broadcaster. Following the
    merger of Carlton and Granada to create ITV plc, chief
    executive Charles Allen announced in May that the
    company would buy SMG's 25% stake in GMTV, taking its
    overall stake to 75%. Under the terms of the
    shareholder agreement ITV is now obliged to offer Walt
    Disney, the other joint venture partner in the
    consortium that originally won the breakfast
    broadcasting licence from TV-am, Ł31 million for its
    25% stake in GMTV. However, the US giant has not yet
    decided whether to sell.

    NTL RECEIVES 15 BIDS
    NTL has received at least 15 offers for its TV and
    radio transmission business, the sale of which is
    expected to generate up to Ł1.2 billion for the UK’s
    largest cable company. The first round of bidding for
    the transmitter network that broadcasts the BBC, ITV,
    Channel 4 and Five closed on October 11, with a number
    of private equity firms and infrastructure companies
    believed to have expressed an interest. Bidders that
    have lodged an initial interest with Goldman Sachs,
    which is handling the sale process, include Australian
    bank Macquarie, Apax Partners, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts
    and Terra Firma. Macquarie, which bought NTL's
    Australian transmission business in 2002, is expected
    to be among the favourites, having failed earlier this
    year in its bid to buy Crown Castle's transmission
    business. The number of bidders is expected to drop
    sharply ahead of the second round of bids, which are
    due in by November 22. The winner of the auction is
    also likely to have to spend hundreds of millions of
    pounds upgrading the nationwide transmission service
    to cope with the switch from analogue to digital
    broadcasting.

    CONSUMER GROUP WORRIED OVER DIGITAL TV
    Consumer groups lobbied the government on October 11
    to ensure that people with low incomes or disabilities
    will not be left out in the switch from analogue to
    digital broadcasting, set for 2012. In a report
    commissioned by broadcasting minister Andrew McIntosh,
    the Consumer Experts Group, an alliance of
    consumer-advocate bodies, warned that most people are
    still against the idea of the switch-off and that the
    government would miss its target date if financial
    support is not available for the elderly and
    low-income households. The pressure groups included
    representatives from the Consumers' Association, the
    Royal National Institute for the Blind, the National
    Consumer Council and Age Concern.

    BBC DIGITAL TV CHANNELS FAIL TO DELIVER
    The BBC's digital portfolio of channels has had a
    limited effect on commercial rivals because they have
    failed to attract audiences, according to a U.K.
    culture secretary-commissioned review of the services
    published on October 13. In the review of the role of
    youth entertainment channel BBC3, arts channel BBC4
    and kids services CBBC and CBeebies that will feed
    into the process of BBC charter review, Patrick
    Barwise of the London Business School said that BBC3
    and BBC4 had proven to be "poor value for money" in
    terms of driving digital take-up, but he acknowledged
    that program quality was high.

    BBC, CHANNEL 4 AND ITV LAUNCH AUDIO DESCRIPTION
    The BBC, Channel 4 and ITV have announced that Audio
    Description is now available via digital satellite
    television, as well as on Freeview. Audio Description,
    or AD, allows viewers with compatible equipment to
    hear a verbal description of the visual scenes on the
    television. It broadcasts some programmes with
    enhanced commentary transmitted in gaps between
    dialogue. It has been developed as an aid to
    understanding and enjoyment particularly, but not
    exclusively, for viewers who have visual impairments.
    The BBC, ITV, Channel Four and Five are committed to
    audio describing at least six per cent of their output
    in 2005. Programmes described include the most popular
    soaps like Eastenders, Coronation Street and Emmerdale
    and comedies like Friends and Sex and the City.
    Children's programming like Blue Peter, The Hoobs and
    Fimbles feature this service also. The BBC's Audio
    Description service will be accessible via BBC One
    London, BBC Two England, BBC Three, BBC Four, CBeebies
    and CBBC.

    SONY AND DISNEY TEAM UP FOR VOD SERVICE
    Sony Pictures and the Walt Disney Co. are planning to
    launch the United Kingdom's first studio-backed
    video-on-demand service in a bid to erode BSkyB's
    control over the UK pay-TV market. The two studios
    said they plan to launch a cable-only VOD service in
    partnership with management company On Demand
    Management, which already operates pay-per-view
    services for the U.K.'s biggest cable operators, NTL
    and Telewest. Sony Pictures, Disney and the On Demand
    group filed an application October 4 for permission to
    launch the service with the European Commission's
    competition division and expect a preliminary decision
    as early as November 11.

    UK POPULATION WANTS TV LICENSE FEE
    According to the results of a new BBC survey, 81 per
    cent of the U.K. population agree that the public
    broadcaster is worth the Ł121 they have to pay for the
    license fee every year. The survey, entitled Measuring
    the Value of the BBC, also found that more than half
    of the 2,257 respondents valued the BBC at twice the
    current license fee. Respondents on average valued the
    BBC at between Ł18 and Ł24 per month. In terms of
    programming, the digital channels BBC Three, CBBC and
    CBeebies were well received by respondents, while in
    analogue homes News 24 proved to be a favourite. The
    report also assessed the impact of introducing a
    subscription-funded model for the BBC–if the
    broadcaster were to charge Ł13 per month, 14.8 million
    homes would subscribe. About 9.7 million would not
    have access to the BBC.

    ITV EXPECTS CUT IN BROADCAST FEES
    ITV took a step closer to slashing its Ł450 million
    licence payments burden on October 13 after Ofcom
    published proposals that could reduce annual
    broadcasting fees. The UK's largest commercial
    terrestrial broadcaster has long argued for a
    reduction in the public service programming quotas
    that form a large constituent of its analogue
    broadcasting licences. Ofcom, the media regulator,
    acknowledged ITV's case last month when it proposed
    the gradual phasing out of non-news regional
    programming. However, ITV has also called for Ofcom to
    recognise the cost of broadcasting 104 hours of
    religious programming and 520 hours of TV shows per
    year in terms of lost advertising revenue. The
    regulator confirmed it will take into account the
    money lost from screening such programmes when it
    calculates the cost of ITV licences, which are due for
    renewal at the end of the year.

    BBC WORLDWIDE NOT FOR SALE
    The BBC has told senior executives that a full scale
    sell-off of its commercial arm, valued at up to Ł1
    billion, is now firmly off the agenda after hiring
    bankers to discuss the possibility with major media
    companies in recent months. The corporation's chief
    operating officer, John Smith, who is overseeing a
    wholesale review of the BBC's commercial operations,
    told a meeting of 400 managers that Worldwide was "not
    for sale at the moment". He said the review was likely
    to recommend that the BBC hold on to assets that "had
    a strategic attachment" to the broadcaster. These are
    likely to include the BBC America cable channel and
    other overseas ventures.

    UEFA CUP FINAL ON ITV
    ITV has beaten Five to the rights to the Uefa Cup
    final for the next two years. The network already
    shares the rights to live Champions League coverage
    with BSkyB as part of a Ł83 million-a-year joint deal,
    but this year has stepped up its drive to pick up
    rights to the second string European competition as
    well. UEFA, the European football governing body, has
    announced that ITV has secured the rights to the 2005
    and 2006 Uefa Cup finals. As part of the deal ITV has
    also won the rights to next year's Super Cup final,
    played annually between the winners of the Champions
    League and the Uefa Cup.

    NTL CHOOSES SEACHANGE FOR VOD SERVICE
    ntl Incorporated, the largest cable television
    operator in the United Kingdom, has chosen SeaChange
    International and its comprehensive VOD System to
    support its impending on-demand television service.
    Initial launch of ntl's on-demand service is slated
    for the first quarter of 2005, making it Europe's
    first large-scale, commercial cable on-demand service.
    SeaChange's strategic on-demand partner, London-based
    programming and content provider On Demand Group
    (ODG), is also collaborating with ntl to enable this
    milestone in European television. ntl is the U.K.'s
    largest cable company and leading broadband supplier
    with over one million broadband customers and 3
    million residential customers. ntl's fibre-optic
    broadband network can service 7.8 million homes in the
    U.K. including London, Manchester, Nottingham, Oxford,
    Cambridge, Cardiff, Glasgow and Belfast.

    BSKYB EXTENDS ENGLAND RUGBY UNION CONTRACT
    BSkyB extended its contract to show England rugby
    matches by five years until 2010, the Rugby Football
    Union said on October 12. BSkyB will show domestic
    league matches and England's home international games
    except for those in Europe's Six Nations tournament,
    which is aired by the BBC. BSkyB already shows the
    European Heineken Cup and, from the southern
    hemisphere, Tri- Nations and Super 12 matches.

    GMTV RENEWS DISNEY OUTPUT DEAL
    UK breakfast broadcaster GMTV has renewed its output
    deal with minority shareholder Disney. Despite the
    loss of Disney-produced show Diggin' It, the renewal
    will still ensure that Disney cartoons fill much of
    GMTV's weekend kids slots, and covers some 300 new
    half-hours of series like Lilo & Stitch, House of
    Mouse, Recess, Kim Possible, Dave the Barbarian and
    Tarzan. A separate deal also covers rights to Power
    Rangers: Dino Thunder and Spider-Man from Jetix Europe
    which Disney's sale arm Buena Vista represents. All
    titles will arrive in GMTV's Saturday and Sunday
    morning slots from early February 2005.

    INTERACTIVE BBC TEN O’CLOCK NEWS
    After Wimbledon and the Olympics: the BBC is now
    planning to add an interactive dimension to its
    flagship news bulletin, the Ten O'Clock News on BBC1.
    The move will expand on the existing interactive news
    services on BBC channels, which already offer a
    round-up of headlines, a business summary, weather and
    sport updates. The new service, dubbed Ten Extra and
    created by iTV firm Two Way TV, will offer red button
    jockeys two new text/graphics-based services plus one
    video package, adding additional info and footage to
    three of the night's top stories. Running on weekdays
    only, Ten Extra will be available to interactive TV
    viewers for only 15 minutes after the news bulletin.
    Salut Prieteni!



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