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Television Films

Volume 164: debated on Monday 18 December 1989

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what sums his Department has paid to the Fox network and the Discovery channel in the United States for (a) the production and (b) the screening of a series of television films on Britain.

"Focus on Britain" is a series of programmes for American television produced by the British consulate general in Los Angeles in association with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The series is designed to help promote British interests—principally exports and services—in the United States. Seventy-five per cent. of production and other costs are met by sponsorship from British companies and organisations. Twenty-five per cent. is paid for by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

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No money has been paid to either Fox Television or the Discovery Channel for production costs. Fox Television was paid a total of $252,525 for airtime in 1988 and $121,175 in 1987. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office's 25 per cent. share of these amounts was $92,425.

The Discovery Channel (a cable network seen in over 40 million United States homes) paid to show "Focus" programmes in 1989 and payment has also been received for in-flight showings from Virgin Atlantic Airlines.