Nine pushes to screen Underbelly series in Victoria
- 29th Feb 2008
Nine Network claims a judge was wrong to stop
TV crime series Underbelly from showing in Victoria,
appealing to show at least two episodes.
Network lawyer Ron Merkel, QC, told the Victorian
Court of Appeal today the broadcaster should have
been allowed to show at least the first two episodes
of the series, which is based on Melbourne's gangland
is appealing against a suppression order placed
on the series by Supreme Court Justice Betty King
on February 15, which bans the transmission, publication,
broadcast and exhibition of Underbelly in Victoria.
King made the order because of concerns by the
Director of Public Prosecutions that the series
would prejudice an upcoming murder trial.
Merkel told the court Justice King erred in her
decision to place a blanket ban on the screening
of the entire Underbelly series in Victoria.
argued that her decision was based on viewing
only two edited episodes of the series and another
10 unedited episodes.
was) an erroneous idea by putting a blanket ban,"
Mr Merkel told the court.
was being looked at was unedited versions, not
what was going to be screened.
her honour was looking at was not the final broadcast."
Merkel said the Nine Network should have been
able to at least screen the first two episodes
possible way could episodes one and two impede
on a fair trial?" he said.
first two episodes were about events 10 years
Nine should be able to publish any part of the
series that does not have the potential to prejudice
any part of the trial."
appeal is continuing before Chief Justice Marilyn
Warren and Justices Frank Vincent and Murray Kellam.
Mediaman has conducted an off the record
interview with Bert Wrout and is in talks with
various media entities