Czech media council defers TV nova conflict to Paris court

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PRAGUE--The ongoing power struggle for TV Nova, touted as one of Europe's most successful TV stations, has been deferred to the International Arbitration Court in Paris.

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.

Copyright July 1999, Crain Communications Inc.

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