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    The Director-General of the British Broadcasting Corporation (B.B.C.), Mr. Charles Curran, has warned that the?

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    Curran Speaks

    "All the countries of Europe, without exception are watching with the deepest apprehension the way in which the simple fact of the commercial potential of the United Sates television market is forcing up the level of payments for rights to show the Olympic Games. Those payments are reaching a point at which what is then demanded of other countries on the basis of the American comparison is so disproportionate to their resources and to their other proper commitments that the result could be financial exclusion of the European and Third World audiences from the televised spectacle of the games".

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    Background: The Director-General of the British Broadcasting Corporation (B.B.C.), Mr. Charles Curran, has warned that the rest of the world might not be able to watch the 1976 Olympic Games if the United States television companies keep forcing the cost up. Mr. Curren gave his warning in a speech at the annual "Emmy" television awards ceremony in New York on Tuesday (November 20th).

    Mr. Curren, who is also President of the European Television Union, received an award at the ceremony on behalf of the E.B.U. It was the first annual directorate award which was made in recognition of "outstanding achievement in the arts and sciences or management of television". Mr. Curran said he would be attending a similar function in Moscow next week, and he would not be surprised if someone suggested that the International Broadcasting Unions should join collectively to resist what hey see as "North American Financial censorship".

    SYNOPSIS: At Tuesday's Emmy television award ceremony in New York, B.B.C. Director-General, Mr. Charles Curran, spoke about the coming Olympic Games.

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