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Street-Porter ankles Live TV

Janet Street-Porter, the maverick U.K. television topper, has quit fledgling cable channel Live TV three months after it was launched.

Street-Porter’s sudden departure follows a series of clashes over the direction of the channel with Kelvin MacKenzie, managing director of Mirror Television, which has invested $54 million in the venture.

Mirror Television is owned by Mirror Group Newspapers and Live TV represents the organization’s first foray into the electronic media.

Many industry observers and friends of Street-Porter, who left BBC Television a year ago to set up Live TV, predicted that she would be unable to work with MacKenzie, the swashbuckling editor of the Rupert Murdoch-owned bestselling U.K. tabloid the Sun.

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