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Oz’s Ten tunes out adult ‘Brother’

Explicit skein gets caught in political crossfire

Australia’s Ten Network has dropped its “Big Brother — Adults Only” series after pols said the show, an add-on to “Big Brother 6” and also produced by Endemol Southern Star, was damaging the web’s push for media reforms.

Series, which airs late and shows more explicit material than the original “Big Brother,” generally was outperforming its predecessor last year.

Network Ten toppers Nick Falloon and Grant Blackley were harangued by conservative government politicians last week while lobbying for law changes that would dismantle cross-media ownership laws and drive up the potential sale price of the company, controlled by Canada’s CanWest.

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