Shine to sue Channel Five over Don’t Stop Believing?

According to Media Guardian there could be legal action between Shine and Channel Five over the costs of Don’t Stop Believing.

 

According to Media Guardian there could be legal action between Shine and Channel Five over the costs of Don’t Stop Believing. According to Media Guardian Shine has hired private lawyers to sue Channel Five over an unpaid bill for the talent contest Don’t Stop Believing – the cost of which is said to be a seven sum figure. However, its believed that Richard Desmond and Channel Five have refused to pay the bill for the show – which was not the ratings success the broadcaster had been hoping for.

 

Don’t Stop Believing, fronted by Emma Bunton, was commissioned for Channel Five before Desmond bought the broadcaster. The talent contest failed to light up the ratings for Five with figures as low as half a million viewers at one point. According to insiders Five want Shine to reduce the amount it is asking for in relation to the show. However, Shine has refused to lower the amount it is asking for and has hired lawyers to peruse the matter.

Shine was founded by E lizabeth Murdoc in 2001 and has quickly become one of the country’s biggest production companies. Amongst Shine’s other productions are Merlin, Gladiators, The Biggest Loser, Demons, Hex and Sugar Rush. Murdoc is the daughter of Rupert Murdoc who owns News Corporation with The Times, The Sun and News of the World just some of the titles within his empire. Rupert Murdoc also partly owns Sky Television and also owns Fox/20th Century Fox. Channel Five is now owned by Richard Desmond who acquired it over the summer from previous owners RTL. Desmond’s company, Northern & Shell, own the Daily Express, The Daily Star and their Sunday counterparts.