Granada's Shaps calls quota rule obsolete

Clarke, Steve
March 2004
Daily Variety;3/25/2004, Vol. 282 Issue 64, p24
Trade Publication
Simon Shaps, CEO of Granada, co owner of commercial broadcaster ITV Corp. and the biggest private television studio in Great Britain, thinks the rule is obsolete in Blighty's newly deregulated market. He said "Any commissioning system which requires commissioners to do anything but pick the best shows is out of place in this era." His remarks are certain to infuriate the increasingly powerful indie sector, which is attracting new interest from city investors following last year's law change that makes it easier for producers to retain more rights to their shows.


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