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Ford Apologizes for Ad Featuring Bound and Gagged Kardashian Sisters, Paris Hilton

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The cartoonish ads were meant to demonstrate the "extra-large" trunk space of the company’s Ford Figo.

Ford has apologized for an ad that depicted the Kardashian sisters gagged in the trunk of a car with Paris Hilton smiling and winking from the front seat.

The cartoonish ad — featuring the tagline "Leave your worries behind with Figo’s extra-large boot" — spurred protests after it was leaked online. It was actually one in a series of ads, with another featuring disgraced former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi driving with three scantily dressed women in the back, and a third showing Formula One driver Michael Schumacher behind the wheel of the car with rivals Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso in the trunk.

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The tongue-in-cheek ads are said to have been created by Indian ad agency JWT India and have since been pulled from the website Ads of the World, where they were posted.

Ford and WPP Group, the ad agency’s parent group, have issued a formal apology.

"We deeply regret this incident and agree with our agency partners that it should have never happened," Ford told Business Insider. "The posters are contrary to the standards of professionalism and decency within Ford and our agency partners."

Added WPP: "We deeply regret the publishing of posters that were distasteful and contrary to the standards of professionalism and decency within WPP Group. These were never intended for paid publication and should never have been created, let alone uploaded to the Internet."


Nat Geo and Wild Build Original Slate, Order More Cesar Millan

Nat Geo and Wild Build Original Slate, Order More Cesar Millan

The sister networks detail a total six new series as part of the upfront lineup and an aggressive roster of specials, including previously announced "Killing Kennedy" and a new documentary on US Airways Flight 1549.

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After a year of double-digit growth for both National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild, the two networks revealed a lengthy roster of new and returning original series on Monday.

"We’re coming off a year that was really good for us," CEO David Lyle told The Hollywood Reporter ahead of the upfront release. "Whatever skepticism was there from the advertising community about [new types of programming] has been put to rest. Nat Geo was up 17 percent in 2012, and Wild was up 28 percent."

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Nat Geo, which recently moved into scripted programming with SEAL Team Six and Bill O’Reilly‘s Killing Lincoln, saw its unscripted fare move into a new direction with Brain Games, Doomsday Preppers and Wicked Tuna. All three of the renewed series inform the choices for new series order.

"Moving forward, Doomsday Preppers and Brain Games are even more important to our evolution," said NGC president Howard T. Owens.

Building Wild and Die Trying — both from 90 Miles Productions Inc. — are among the series orders (all working titles). Wild, a home improvement tutorial set in the wilderness, features Extreme Makeover: Home Edition‘s Paul DiMeo, while Die Trying chronicles men and women taking extreme challenges in the name of science. Also included in series orders are Shadow of the Unbeatables (GRB Entertainment), a docuseries that puts cutting-edge inventions to the test, and The Legend of Mick Dodge (Screaming Flea Productions Inc.), a fly-on-the-wall look at the titular survivalist who has lived in isolation in the Pacific Northwest for more than 30 years.

Previously announced Killing Lincoln follow-up Killing Kennedy (Scott Free Productions, Global) will also get a debut on the network, with casting and director search already underway. O’Reilly, the author and exec producer on both projects, is already prepping a third book, Killing Jesus, but Nat Geo has yet to make any formal decision on a third collaboration.

"We’re interested in everything Bill O’Reilly does, but our focus right now is Killing Kennedy," said Owens. "He’s our partner, and we’re knee deep in this latest project."

US Airways Flight 1549 exploration Miracle on the Hudson (Raw TV), National Geographic’s Most Amazing Photos (National Geographic Television) and Urban Jungle (National Geographic Television) round out the network’s plans for specials, joining the also-renewed Alaska State Troopers, Diggers, Night of Exploration and Ultimate Survival Alaska.

On Nat Geo Wild, former Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan is getting another series, from a yet-to-be-determined production company, and two new specials.

"He’s incredibly important to the brand," said network executive vp and general manager Geoff Daniels "He’s been a big part of the network since launch, and I think people have come to associate with us, so he’s going to continue to be a part of Wild. He’s evolved what he does here in the U.S., so we’re working closely with him for what those next steps are."

Meetings over what exactly the latest iteration of Milan on Wild might be will take place over the coming months.

Another new series for Wild is Jobs That Bite! (Half Yard Productions), an animal-centric spin on Dirty Jobs starring host Jeremy Brandt. It will join the renewed Incredible Dr. Pol and Fish Tank Kings on the roster.

The network is also starting production on Wild Nepal (working title), a special starring Billy Bush set to debut later in the year.

Inside the ‘Today’ Show Drama: 12 Revelations About the Matt Lauer-Ann Curry Debacle

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A New York magazine report reveals the extent of Curry’s tense relationship with her colleagues, Lauer’s role in her departure and the heated feud between executive producer Jim Bell and NBC News chief Steve Capus.

Since a tearful Ann Curry exited her role as Today co-host on the air in June, the drama has not ceased.

The show has fallen in the ratings, and Matt Lauer has become the person viewers blame for her ouster, with his popularity also dropping.

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On Sunday, New York magazine posted a lengthy piece on the drama leading up to and after Curry’s exit, with several new revelations about the incident and her relationship with her colleagues. Here are 12:

1. Internal research showed that Lauer — not Curry — was losing favor with viewers. As ABC’s Good Morning America began gaining on Today, then-executive producer Jim Bell began blaming it on Curry, as did some of NBC’s affiliates, who began complaining in board meetings that Curry needed to go. But internal research conducted by SmithGeiger showed otherwise — that Lauer was perceived as less appealing than Curry. While onscreen, he looked "aloof, a little bit holier-than-thou and pompous,” says a former NBC executive who saw the reports. "He was becoming Bryant Gumbel."

2. Curry didn’t take kindly to jokes from colleagues. Former Today co-host Katie Couric used to tease Curry about her clothes, but Curry took those remarks "badly." And in 2011, Lauer and producers played a prank on the cast by sending them to a fake magazine photo shoot, where the photographer had a meltdown and began firing his staffers. But Curry became "infuriated with Lauer and retreated to her dressing room," New York magazine reports.

3. Lauer and Curry had no relationship off the air. In fact, they barely spoke. But Curry tried to form a relationship with him: When she was named co-host, she asked Lauer out to lunch to get some advice from him, but he "seemed to drag his feet scheduling it and Curry felt he didn’t offer much," New York magazine reports. He soon began "getting more involved in the daily story lineup, getting into fights with producers and tearing the show up in the early-morning hours." He also expressed how unhappy he was with Curry to a friend and spoke of cutting back on work.

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4. Lauer saw the writing on the wall on Curry’s final day, even as cameras were rolling. "I think we all knew it at that moment," he says. "And it just seemed like something — there was nothing we could do as it was happening, and we all felt bad about it." In fact, the show soon lost half a million viewers as well as its No. 1 ranking to ABC’s Good Morning America after 16 years,resulting in a loss of million of advertising dollars "overnight." And Lauer himself became perceived as the person responsible for Curry’s ouster, fairly or not. Just this month, Chelsea Handler joked to him: "You have a worse reputation than I do."

5. Lauer was first informed of Curry’s being let go in late February. NBC News president Steve Capus told Lauer that she was gone whether Lauer left or not. For his part, Lauer says he voiced concerns that it might hurt Today. But implicit in what Capus was saying was this: If he chose to stay, Curry would be gone. While her name never came up during contract negotiations, Lauer — with "maximum leverage" — "could easily have saved her" but didn’t. "To the contrary, in signing a new contract to remain at the show for at least two more years, he tacitly ratified the plan to remove her. Which doesn’t make him a horrible person — it makes him, for better or worse, a pro," New York magazine opines. (The week after he re-signed,The Hollywood Reporter’s cover story with Lauer hit newsstands with the headline "The Most Powerful Face in News." After seeing it, he is said to have told THR’s Marisa Guthrie, who wrote the story, "You just hung a huge target on my back.")

6. The rumors that Ryan Seacrest might replace Lauer were an insurance policy against Lauer leaving. NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke made it clear to Lauer that they didn’t want him to leave. In fact, the press leak about Seacrest angered Lauer, who found out about the leak while "being forced to stand outside the security gate at the White House Christmas party because Ann Curry had forgotten her driver’s license."

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7. Before re-signing with Today, he’d been talking seriously to Jeff Zucker about an idea for ABC. The duo were working closely on a talk show that would reteam Lauer with Couric (Zucker exec produces Couric’s daytime talker). Lauer actually met with Disney CEO Bob Iger, who actively tried to recruit Lauer. Iger, Zucker and ABC News president Ben Sherwood, in fact, at one point all thought the deal was done based on a conversation with Lauer’s agent. After Lauer negotiated his new two-year, $25 million-a-year contract to stay on Today, he told ABC he was staying put, and both Iger and Zucker were "infuriated."

8. A power struggle erupted between Today EP Bell and NBC News chief Capus. Capus, concerned about Bell’s close relationship with Burke, began "sending mixed messages and sowing confusion, which made the trouble much harder to resolve," according to New York magazine. Bell wanted Curry gone by the London Olympics, which kicked off in July, but Capus began telling her that she wasn’t the problem as he became "increasingly paranoid about Bell’s power and designs." Capus, in fact, "fanned Curry’s hope that she could hang on longer and undermined Bell’s strategy of resetting the Today show cast during the Olympics."

9. Curry, without an agent, received advice from numerous people. Those includes former Today host Tom Brokaw. In the end, she got $12 million and her own production unit at NBC to leave the show. She was replaced by Savannah Guthrie.

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10. Curry’s exit was even more dramatic that it appeared. Curry, who became very emotional on the air, insisted she write her own copy, telling Capus she wanted to "speak from the heart." While some at NBC believe she "purposefully self-destructed to damage both Lauer and the show," Curry "cried the entire way" to the airport after her final show. And the situation remained awkward. When she asked if she could send a note of sympathy to Robin Roberts, who was taking a leave of absence from GMA to get treatment for MDS, NBC execs told her no, "afraid she was trying to aid the enemy." In late July, she refused to appear alongside Guthrie on the air as she believed that Bell might have been"trying to exploit the event for image repair."

11. Lauer has not spoken to Curry about clearing up the perception that he was to blame for her ouster. Why not? “Because I’m concentrating on doing the show — not concentrating on spinning the damage and trying to end the negativity on a daily basis," he says.

12. Lauer believes Today will regain its status atop the morning show pack. "I’m confident that the show we’re doing today is the one that will allow us to dig ourselves out of the hole," he says.

‘Amazing Race’ Apologizes for Using Hanoi Memorial Depicting Downed American Plane

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"We want to apologize to veterans, particularly those who served in Vietnam, as well as to their families and any viewers who were offended by the broadcast," read the statement aired ahead of Sunday’s broadcast.

CBS and the producers of The Amazing Race have apologized for last week’s episode, which came under fire for using a B-52 memorial in Hanoi, Vietnam, as a key part of the leg.

The episode saw contestants go to the memorial — which depicts the wreckage of an downed American bomber plane during the Vietnam war — to find their next clue. The Veterans of Foreign Wars, along with several Fox News anchors and viewers, complained about the usage of the memorial.

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“The B-52 scene, as well as the young people singing a propaganda song, was totally unnecessary to the show’s plot, which speaks volumes about naive producers who think they’re in charge when they are not,” VFW national commander John Hamilton said wrote in a nearly 500-word letter to CBS Corp. chief Leslie Moonves.

Sunday night’s episode kicked off with the apology, read by Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan.

"Parts of last Sunday’s episode, filmed in Vietnam, were insensitive to a group that is very important to us — our nation’s veterans," the statement read. "We want to apologize to veterans, particularly those who served in Vietnam, as well as to their families and any viewers who were offended by the broadcast. All of us here have the most profound respect for the men and women who fight for our country."

CBS had declined to comment on the controversy earlier in the week.

Pussy Riot Member Grants ’60 Minutes’ Interview in Disguise: ‘We’re Not Going to Stop’ (Video)

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Katya Samutsevich says the group has no regrets about the protest that landed two members in jail and two others in hiding.

One of the members of Russian punk band protestors Pussy Riot tells 60 Minutes that they have no regrets and will continue to fight, despite the fact that two were jailed and two others are in hiding over their protests of Vladimir Putin.

The band’s fifth member, Katya Samutsevich, was put on trial and convicted after the group staged a protest against Putin and his crackdown on democrat freedoms at Moscow’s largest cathedral last year, but she was released after seven months. She recently agreed to sit down with 60 Minutes’ Lesley Stahl for an interview but only if her voice was disguised and she was allowed to wear a balaklava, one of the  group’s trademark masks. Samutsevich, who says few people know her identity, reveals that one reason she granted the interview to let the world know that the band still exists.

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Asked if she has any regrets about the March 2012 protest, Samutsevich replies: "No, of course not. Look what’s happened. Since the election, Putin has brought in a new level of repressive government measures in Russia."

She also claims that last year’s election of Putin was rigged and says the group is advocating for a "peaceful overthrow" of Putin.

"The elections weren’t legitimate," she says. "There was vote rigging. There was false counting. It was clear that the president put himself in power."

Samutsevich adds that the group never thought about asking the judge for leniency because "the whole process was so unfair to us from the beginning. It’s strange when you’re innocent. Are you supposed to ask for forgiveness from the judge who’s ready to put you away for several years? No, this wasn’t even discussed."

Samutsevich — a computer engineer — adds that the group has intentionally "dumbed-down" the language they use in order to get more attention (for example, the song they used during the protest used numerous curse words).

STORY: Freed Pussy Riot Member Determined to Fight

Meanwhile, Putin’s political spokesman tells Stahl that the group members were given a harsher sentence then they deserved out of fear that other protests would follow.

"It’s duty of authorities to stop the violence," Sergei Markov says, adding that the perception that Russia over-reacted has been detrimental to the nation’s image. (South Park and Madonna, among others, have drawn attention to the jailed group members and called for their release.)

"We doesn’t like such awful image of Russia because it create problems for us. This image doesn’t allow millions of Russians who want to travel to Germany, Italy, France and to have vacations there easily, they don’t allow to do this. It stops investments to Russian economy."

But, he adds, "we have to protect ourselves because if we will be weak, our image will be even worse."

Meanwhile, Samutsevich adds that Pussy Riot isn’t done protesting Putin just yet.

"It’s a fight, it’s an ongoing fight," she says. "Just because there was a court case doesn’t mean that we’re going to stop and shut our mouths. We have a lot of things to say. We’re going to continue to work, continue to do what we do."

Watch a video of Stahl and 60 Minutes producers talking about how the interview came together below.

‘Walking Dead’: Who Went Head to Head With the Governor and Lost?

‘Walking Dead’: Who Went Head to Head With the Governor and Lost?

During Sunday’s penultimate episode of season three, Daryl had to make one of the most difficult decisions in his life, while Glenn and Maggie took a big step forward.

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[Warning: This story contains spoilers from Sunday’s "This Sorrowful Life" episode of The Walking Dead.]

With the Governor’s deadline looming, Rick prepared to make a difficult choice about Michonne’s life during Sunday’s penultimate episode of The Walking Dead‘s third season as he did what he thought would bring peace between the residents of the prison and Woodbury. 

Still haunted by visions of a pregnant Lori, the community’s leader struggled with his conscience and ultimately ditched his plan to hand Michonne over the Governor. However, he comes up short after Merle — who he’d enlisted to help with the handover — knocks Michonne out to ready her for their journey to their rendezvous point. 

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Rather than head with Daryl and Rick to meet the Governor, he instead goes solo to transfer Michonne to the Governor in a bid to repair his reputation among the prison community and stay alongside his brother. After a close call with a horde of walkers, Michonne tells Merle that he blew his chance to start over — and that no matter what happens to her, he’ll have to live with his decisions.

After their conversation, Merle frees Michonne and takes off in a bid to kill the Governor himself. When Daryl finds Michonne on her way back to the prison, he takes off after his brother — instructing Michonne not to let anyone come after him.

Armed with a bottle of booze and a car, Merle collects a sizable pack of walkers and leads them into the meeting point where he abandons the car and sneaks in to begin a surprise attack. Merle open fires on the Woodbury gang as they attempt to clear out the walkers. With the Governor in his cross hairs, a walker forces Merle to reveal his location, where Martinez and the Governor find him and proceed to beat the crap out of him — including the Governor biting two of his fingers off.

The Governor ends the fight by shooting Merle, only ending his human life and leaving the elder Dixon for Daryl to find reanimated as a walker upon his arrival. A tearful Daryl is forced to put Merle down, as he repeatedly (and emotionally) stabs him in the head before he breaks down completely.

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Realizing that he was too late and Merle has already taken Michonne to the Governor, Rick comes clean with the rest of the group and, in a sign that he may have moved passed his grief, effectively tells everyone that the he was wrong about what’s been dubbed the Ricktatorship. "What I said last year, that first night after the farm — it can’t be like that," he tells them. "What we do, what we’re willing to do, who we are — it’s not my call. It can’t be. I can’t sacrifice one of us for the greater good because we are the greater good, we’re the reason we’re still here, not me. This is life and death: how you live, how you die, it isn’t up to me. I’m not your Governor. We choose to go, we choose to stay. We stick together. We vote. We can stay and fight or we can go."

Meanwhile, Hershel and company — expecting the worst in the pending conflict — realize their time at the prison may be short. During a heart-to-heart with Glenn, Hershel gives him his blessing to ask Maggie to marry him. After cutting a ring off a walker, Glenn later hands it to Maggie during a sweet and simple proposal that ends with her happily accepting in what may one of the final calm moments before the storm.

The episode comes to a close when Rick spots Michonne — alone — returning to the prison, leaving the group to mull whether to take on the Governor or clear out of the prison, with Merle and Daryl’s fate still unknown.

What did you think of the episode? Did Merle’s death surprise you? Hit the comments below with your thoughts on what you think the group should do. The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC. Check out the Governor’s confrontation with Merle, below. 

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BBC America’s ‘Nerdist’ Talk Show Unveils Star-Studded Lineup

BBC America’s ‘Nerdist’ Talk Show Unveils Star-Studded Lineup

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Guillermo Del Toro are among the guests appearing on the Chris Hardwick-led series.

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BBC America has announced the lineup for Chris Hardwick’s The Nerdist series.

The cable network will kick off the 10-episode season on March 30 with Dominic Monaghan, Doctor Who‘s Matt Smith and new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman, as part of its "Supernatural Saturday"-themed programming block. The second episode, airing April 6, will feature guests Robert Kirkman, Michael Rooker and Karen Gillan. 

Who else will be joining Hardwick and regular contributors Matt Mira and Jonah Ray?

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Zach Galifianakis, Elijah Wood, Buzz Aldrin, Evan Goldberg, Katee Sackhoff, Tatiana Maslany, Guillermo Del Toro, Gillian Jacobs and Bobak Ferdowski are just some of the bold-faced names dropping by the show in the new season.

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Comedians Ron Funches, Rob Huebel, Matt Kirshen, Natasha Leggero, Kyle Kinane and Paul Scheer are also slated to appear.

Nerdist began as a slew of one-hour pop culture specials, and currently films in Los Angeles. In December, BBC America gave a full-season order to Nerdist, ordering 10 episodes to complement its originals on Saturdays, which will include the debut of Orphan Black. Hardwick is no stranger to leading talk shows centered on well-regarded geek properties: He hosts AMC’s The Walking Dead talk show, The Talking Dead.

The Nerdist will continue to be produced by Nerdist Industries and Comcast Entertainment Studios. Hardwick, Alex Murray, Jay James, Gary Snegaroff and K.P. Anderson serve as executive producers.

The first two episodes below:


Guests Include:  Wild Things host Dominic Monaghan, Doctor Who’s Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman, Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany and comedian, Matt Kirshen.


Guests Include:   From The Walking Dead, creator Robert Kirkman and actor Michael Rooker, celebrity correspondent and Doctor Who alum Karen Gillan and comedian, Kyle Kinane.

The Nerdist premieres at 10 p.m. March 30 on BBC America.

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Ari Emanuel Sends Legal Letter to NBC Over Brian Williams Interview

Ari Emanuel Sends Legal Letter to NBC Over Brian Williams Interview

The WME co-CEO appeared with his brothers Rahm and Ezekiel on a Friday "Rock Center" segment.

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Ari Emanuel wasn’t happy with his treatment on Rock Center

NBC’s news magazine aired a segment on Friday night that united the three Emanuel brothers — Ari, along with Chicago mayor Rahm and noted bioethicist Ezekiel — to talk about their upbringing and current jobs.

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The conversation with Brian Williams that aired was filled with lighthearted chatting between the siblings and promotion of Ezekiel’s new book. But Ari, co-CEO of William Morris Endeavor, sent a legal letter to the network over the nature of discussion, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The New York Post  first reported the spat. 

A source tells THR that Williams approached the interview in an aggressive fashion, asking the brothers about their connection to Israel and Ari’s reputation as an ultra-aggressive Hollywood agent, among other things. The source says Ari, who is fiercely protective of his brothers, believed the questioning would be lighter and related only to Ezekiel’s book. So the agent’s lawyers sent the letter asking that NBC not air the more confrontational portions of the interview.

The Post reported that Ari later got into a "heated confrontation" with NBC Universal chief executive Steve Burke over the interview, but a source close to WME claims that part of the report is "100 percent wrong." 

Although the Rock Center segment was framed as conversation between brothers at a New York bar, Williams did get serious with Ari at one point during the interview that aired. 

In a narration, Williams explained in the clip (9:07 below), "The Emanuel brothers do not suffer from self-doubt, at least not outwardly, they do not suffer fool’s gladly and, as we learned, they don’t love being challenged or prodded. Ari’s facial expressions speak volumes when the conversation turned to his scorched earth reputation in Hollywood…" 

The WME co-CEO responded to the NBC anchor’s question about what he would have changed about himself by saying, "I would have gotten into therapy a lot earlier and dealt with stuff."

He added: "But you know something? … I’m actually really comfortable, I’m really happy, I’m the happiest I’ve been in a long time."

Spain’s Government Revokes Licenses for Nine TDT Channels

The decision affects four of Spain’s biggest media groups: Vocento, Atresmedia, Mediaset and Unidad Editorial.

MADRID – The Spanish government ordered nine digital television channels to abandon their frequencies, annulling broadcast licenses awarded by the previous government in 2010.

The move, which executes a Spanish Supreme Court ruling that found the licenses invalid due to the fact they were awarded without a public auction, provoked the anger of the audiovisual sector.

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The Union of Associated Commercial Televisions (UTECA) announced its "absolute disagreement and discomfort" with the government’s decision and said it "affected the credibility of our country" and "threatened the development of value-added services."

UTECA emphasized that the decision will "affect a sector in crisis, that has lost 50 percent of its market in the past five years."

The 2010 ruling awarded an additional channel to the existing  heavy weight media groups, Antena 3, Telecinco and Sogecable and two each to the smaller, Veo TV, Net TV and La Sexta.

The government is looking to reassign the frequencies by Jan. 1, 2014 for use–in part-by the telecom sector.

Presently, many of the extra channels feature low-cost programming that includes tarot card reading, psychics, etc.

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Even so, the Spanish daily El Mundo–owned by Unidad Editorial, the parent company of Veo TV which will lose two of its four channels– wrote in an editorial Saturday that there were other legal solutions to fixing the procedural error and that the investment made by the four affected companies will be lost.

"The broadcasters have invested in technology, have bought programs, have signed commercial agreements and have even acquired stakeholder packages that now will suffer an important loss in value. That opens the door to very probable juridical actions against the government."

‘Big Miracle,’ ‘The Colbert Report’ Win Genesis Awards

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The Humane Society of the United States also honors Kesha with its Wyler Award for spreading the word about animal protection issues.

The feature film Big Miracle, Stephen Colbert’s The Colbert Report, the TV series Harry’s Law, the TV news magazines Rock Center with Brian Williams and Nightline, Discovery Channel’s Ivory Wars and pop star Kesha took home top honors at The Humane Society of the United States’ Genesis Awards Benefit Gala, which was held Saturday night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Dancing with the Stars judge and animal advocate Carrie Ann Inaba hosted the ceremony.

The Universal release Big Miracle was named best feature film for its tale about international efforts to save a family of trapped whales; Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report picked up the Sid Caesar Comedy Award for its satire of a congressman’s defense of dogfighting, and NBC’s Harry’s Law won the dramatic series award for a storyline questioning the ethics of keeping primates in captivity. Best TV documentary went to Discovery’s Ivory Wars for a look at the escalation in elephant ivory trade, and the best TV newsmagazine award was shared between NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams, for reporting on endangered orangutans and rhinos and the issue of chimps in research, and ABC’s Nightline for an investigation into the abuse of Tennessee walking horses by one of the industry’s best-known trainers.

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Kesha received HSUS’ Wyler Award for her dedication to spreading the word about multiple animal protection issues to her international fan base.

In other categories, Nat Geo Channel’s Wild Justice was named best reality Ssries, ABC’s World News with Diane Sawyer took the national news award, CBS This Morning picked up best norning show, and Los Angeles’ KNBC 4 News won the local TV news prize.

“We are so grateful to the news and entertainment media for keeping animal protection issues firmly in their view in genres as diverse as comedy programming and documentaries. Concern for the welfare of animals has universal audience appeal, and since so much of what negatively impacts animals occurs out of sight, it’s important that these issues remain in the media spotlight,” said Beverly Kaskey, senior director of HSUS’ Hollywood Outreach program and executive producer of The Genesis Awards.

A complete list of winners follows:


Big Miracle,  Universal Pictures


Nightline, “The Ugly Truth Behind High Stepping Horses,” ABC

Rock Center With Brian Williams, “At What Cost?,” “Ken and Rosie,” and  “Last Stand,” NBC

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Harry’s Law, “Gorilla My Dreams,” NBC


The Colbert Report, Representative Steve King on dogfighting. Comedy Central


Ivory Wars, Discovery Channel


Wild Justice, Nat Geo Channel


World News with Diane Sawyer, downer cow video, ABC


CBS This Morning, “Shark Tagging,” CBS


KNBC 4 News, “Bunny Trafficking,” KNBC-4


Nick News with Linda Ellerbee, “Animals?  Show Me the Money!,”  Nickelodeon


60 Minutes, “Jungle Warfare,” Nine Network Australia


NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, “Cheetahs on the Edge” by Roff Smith, “Ivory Worship” by Bryan Christy, “Rhino Wars” by Peter Gwin


THE CHATTANOOGAN.COM, Roy Exum, multiple part series on Tennessee walking horse soring


The Sacramento Beethree-part series on Wildlife Services by Tom Knudson


SOUTH ASIA Magazine (Pakistan) “Animal Welfare in Islam” by Aiman Reyaz and “Law of the Land” by Anees Jillani, with commentary by Syed Rizvi




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