Judge: Donahue Lost Rerun Rights
Aug. 24, 2002
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) _ Phil Donahue doesn't get first dibs when it comes to buying the rights to reruns of his former show.
A judge ruled against the talk show host last week, saying Donahue lost the right to be first to buy when his contract with the owners of the show expired in 1996.
Donahue sued Multimedia Inc., Universal Television Enterprises Inc. and Gannett Co., Inc. in 1997, saying he didn't get first crack at buying the rights to the show when Gannett acquired Multimedia in December 1995, or when California-based Universal Television bought rerun rights from Gannett in December 1996.
Steven Farrar, the attorney representing Donahue, said his client might appeal the ruling.