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MTV Sues Turkish TV Distributor, Seeks Fees, Halt of Broadcasts

Sept. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Viacom Inc.’s MTV Networks sued the company that distributes the music television channel in Turkey to stop it from broadcasting both MTV and children’s channel Nickelodeon.

In lawsuits filed at the High Court in London, MTV alleges that Multi Channel Developers Inc., a Turkish television distribution company, has reneged on an agreement to pay for MTV and Nickelodeon content. MTV is seeking unspecified damages for misuse of its programming and a court order blocking the channels from being aired.

The company “threatens, and intends unless restrained,” to continue to broadcast the channels, MTV’s lawyers said in a filing.

Viacom, which also owns Paramount studios, broadcasts about 170 channels in more than 160 countries and territories, according to its website. It gave MCD the contract to distribute MTV and Nickelodeon five years ago.

Paul Renney confirmed his firm, Keystone Law, was representing MCD in the U.K. case and declined to comment further.

Louise Eckersley, spokeswoman at MTV’s London law firm Field Fisher Waterhouse, declined to comment. Neither MCD or MTV responded to messages seeking comment.

The cases are MTV Networks -and- MCD, HC 10C02362 and HC 10C2363.

To contact the reporter on this story: James Lumley in London at jlumley1@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Aarons at aaarons@bloomberg.net.

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