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TV4 loses Nobel rights after gaffe

Chinese TV allowed to censure speech at event

STOCKHOLM — The Nobel Foundation has withdrawn the exclusive TV rights to its prize ceremony from Swedish pubcaster TV4 after Chinese TV censured a speech on freedom given at the event, the org said on Saturday.

The foundation claims TV4 violated its contract by allowing China Central Television and Shanghai Media Group to edit remarks made by foundation chairman Marcus Storch at the December ceremony.

TV4, which had the sole rights to distribute the event to TV companies around the world, denies that it broke the strict noncensorship clause.

But the Nobel org claims that the contracts TV4 made with other companies was not watertight.

The broadcast from the 2007 Nobel prize ceremony was the first for TV4, which had signed a three-year deal.

The Nobel prize foundation is now looking for a new TV channel to air the ceremony in December. The bet is it will be pubcaster Swedish Television, which had covered the event every year until 2007.

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