Thursday, June 20, 2002

CBS to Sponsor and Broadcast Next Victoria's Secret Show

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FROM LOS ANGELES (Source: Reuters) -
The CBS network has made a deal to broadcast a prime-time special next fall built around the annual fashion show presented by lingerie retailer Victoria's Secret, a CBS spokesman said Wednesday.

The show on ABC last November drew strong ratings but sparked protests from feminist groups and viewer complaints to the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC later ruled that the ABC special did not breach the government's decency standards, but the ABC network reportedly passed on a repeat performance.

Details of the program are not final yet, but plans call for a one-hour hosted telecast from New York featuring performances by major musical acts, a network spokesman said. No specific date for the special has been set, but CBS reportedly is considering the show for the November ratings "sweeps."

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