Euro pubTV bigwigs ponder rubber chickens

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Pubcasters in Europe are getting serious about comedy. Some 500 met in Lucerne, Switzerland, this week, according to The Associated Press, “to debate ‘The Boundaries of Laughter’ and try to come up with a formula for comedies that would tickle residents from Reykjavik to Dubrovnik.” As Eurovision TV director Bjorn Erichsen said, “We have 75 members at the EBU. Why are we not able to produce comedy for all?” The EBU, or European Broadcasting Union, is made up of public broadcasters serving 650 million viewers in 56 countries.