CNN follows MTV in pulling out of amsterdam

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AMSTERDAM -- After 10 years of broadcasting, CNN has decided to withdraw from Amsterdam's TV screens from August 25.

CNN refuses to pay the annual fee of $363,000 to the Amsterdam cable operator A2000, arguing that it's out of proportion. Earlier this month, MTV also ceased broadcasting in Amsterdam for the same reason. CNN and MTV don't have to pay anything to broadcast in the rest of Holland.

Amsterdam will be the only capital in Europe which does not receive CNN and MTV. All commercial channels have to pay the Amsterdam cable operator A2000 the annual fee of $363,000 but the three Dutch public channels are exempt.

Viewers in Amsterdam pay a very low fee for the basic package of channels, necessitating the fee, says A2000.

The major hotels in Amsterdam are now discussing alternative possibilities. The only current option is to receive CNN via the Astra satellite.

Copyright August 1998, Crain Communications Inc.

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