Saturday, October 18, 2003

Public Disgrace of Public Television

On last two Fridays HRT, Croatian state television has aired The Godfather and The Godfather Part II. Yesterday Godfather III was supposed to be aired. However, announcing Godfather III as "masterpiece" wasn't the most embarrassing thing HRT did with that film.

All those who had bought video-cassettes or re-scheduled their lives in order to watch Coppola's "masterpiece" had another thing coming. Completely different film was aired in the same slot.

Explanation came in today's newspapers. It turns out that first two Godfather films were aired some time after Croatian state television's broadcasting rights had been expired. When Paramount executives found out about that, they promptly contacted HRT and demanded the Godfather III to be taken off the air.

It is rumoured that Nova TV, that had purchased Godfather trilogy broadcasting rights independently, leaked the information about illegal HRT broadcasts to Paramount.


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