Kids TV ad ban loses in Europe

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An attempt to ban all ads on children's TV shows in Europe was beaten back during debate on a new broadcasting law in the European Parliament. But the parliamentarians meeting in Brussels did agree to introduce a V-Chip screening device into all TV sets, in a bid to protect children from sex and violence. Another part of the revisions, up for second reading, would require pay-TV channels to give up exclusive rights to major sporting events, so as to allow "a sizable proportion of the public" to view the events live for free.

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