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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Kiwi TV program accused of plagiarizing American material

That a New Zealand-made television program should be imitative of something that did well in the States seems hardly world-breakingly unusual, but Current Affairs show Close Up has found itself in the gun.

A segment on the show, called “Made in New Zealand,” which analyzed one family’s use of foreign-made products, was just too flatteringly imitative, it seems.

Ana Samways, a columnist for the New Zealand Herald, has pointed out that an almost identical show was broadcast on the ABC network in America in January. The difference was that it was about the use of American-made products. The treatment, it seems, was pretty much the same.

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