Ber­lus­coni’s Beeb bat­tle

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THE TV net­work owned by em­bat­tled Ital­ian PM Sil­vio Ber­lus­coni’s fam­ily is fac­ing a le­gal bat­tle with BBC over plans for a raunchy new show.

Beeb bosses claim that Me­di­aset, Ber­us­coni’s busi­ness, has copied the for­mat of Strictly Come Danc­ing.

Baila! will be screened on Italy’s Chanel 5 and bosses in­sist it is based on a South Amer­i­can show called Danc­ing For A Dream, not the BBC’s pop­u­lar ver­sion.

A spokesman for the BBC said: “BBC World­wide takes the pro­tec­tion of its copy­right ex­tremely se­ri­ously.

“It is very im­por­tant to BBC World­wide and its in­ter­na­tional li­censees that the for­mat is pro­tected.”

But Me­di­aset doesn’t agree, claim­ing that its show has sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ences.

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