McCann's Fresh TV Upset- Sunday Mirror Newspaper- Exclusive News Story- ***October 2013***

This story highlighted how the Crimewatch re-enactment of the night Madeleine McCann disappeared in Praia da Luz would not been shown in Portugal after the BBC were unable to reach a deal.

We were contacted by someone who was upset for the McCann family that an agreement could not be reached.

The exclusive story was confirmed by the McCann's family spokesman.

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Madeleine McCann Crimewatch appeal: Parents upset at Portuguese Maddie TV snub

The Sunday Mirror can reveal that two of the country’s largest TV channels, TVI and SIC – with potential audiences of millions – made failed attempts to buy the rights

  
Search: The Crimewatch appeal to find Madeleine McCann will not be broadcast in Portugal
Search: The Crimewatch appeal to find Madeleine McCann will not be broadcast in Portugal

Kate and Gerry McCann have been left “saddened” and “frustrated” over the decision not to air the latest appeal to find their daughter Madeleine on Portuguese TV.

BBC1’s Crimewatch had its highest ratings last Monday as British detectives issued a fresh public request for information in the search for the little girl who went missing from Portugal’s Praia Da Luz in 2007, aged just three.

But the appeal, which was also shown in Germany and the Netherlands, failed to be screened in the country where Maddie disappeared.

A source close to Kate and Gerry said last night: “They feel it was a massive missed opportunity.”

The Sunday Mirror can reveal that two of the country’s largest TV channels, TVI and SIC – with potential audiences of millions – made failed attempts to buy the rights to the Crimewatch programme.

It is understood that a deal could not be reached due to legal reasons.

The Crimewatch broadcast prompted more than 1,000 new leads for the Metropolitan Police’s Operation Grange team.

Two viewers gave the same name for the e-fit of a prime suspect seen carrying a child away from the McCann’s holiday apartment.

Large numbers of Portuguese still believe that Kate and Gerry, both 45, from Rothley, Leicestershire, were somehow involved in their daughter’s disappearance.

They are currently suing the former head of the original Portuguese investigation, retired police officer Goncalo Amaral, for making similar claims in a book.

The fact that the appeal was not aired in Portugal is understood to have added to their frustration. Our source said: “The attitude of the Portuguese has always been that they’re not bothered.”

The Crimewatch appeal, thought to have cost around £750, 000, pulled in an average of 6.7 million viewers, the biggest in its 11-year history.

A BBC spokesman said: “Crimewatch is made for a domestic audience and we are unable to sell it abroad for legal reasons.

"We have gone to extra lengths to ensure audiences around the world can view the McCann footage by providing clips of the programme and by making the film available on the BBC Crimewatch website.

"The decision on broadcasting an appeal in Portugal is a matter for the Portuguese broadcasters, Portuguese police and The Metropolitan Police.”



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