The Czech Media Council has decided not to pass judgment on the conflict between Central European Media Enterprises and Vladimir Zelzezny's station service provider CET-21.
Pavel Barak, member of the Czech Media Council, said, "It is not a question of relations between two commercial subjects.It is not a matter of broadcasting, so it is not a mater for this council. It will wait for court judgments."
A court verdict from the International Arbitration Court in Paris is expected next year. In the case, CME is claiming $23 million in damages from Mr. Zelezny for a breach of a licensing contract. Mr. Zelezny is widely credited for TV Nova's success in the Czech Republic.
Pending shareholder approval, CME is set to be bought by Scandinavian Broadcasting Systems for $615 million.
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