Sky at the Oscars

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Post by lakewood » Thu Mar 09, 2006 5:38 pm

Here's a nice one from The Guardian

"We'd like to thank ... the academy

The good people of Sky helpfully sent out Oscar updates to hacks covering Sunday's star-studded ceremony. The emails included backstage interviews with winners such as George Clooney and Ang Lee, along with the proviso that journos "please credit 'The Oscars Highlights, Tuesday 7 March at 9.00pm, Sky Three' if using any of this material". Funny, but the backstage Q&A transcripts bore an uncanny resemblance to the official press updates being sent out by the academy. In fact, they were identical, and had been cut and pasted by Sky. The satellite broadcaster says there was no funny business going on, saying it took the copy under the academy's advice and added news and gossip from its own correspondents on the red carpet. "We didn't say you 'must credit', we were saying 'please credit'," says a spokesman. Well that's okay then. And the award for transparency goes to..."

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