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Landmark TV case adjourned.

THE first steps were taken in a landmark court battle yesterday to prove television is a human right.

Six Liverpool defendants are arguing the licence fee breaches the European Convention of Human Rights. It is the first time the defence has been attempted - if successful it could cost the BBC pounds 2.5bn in annual income. Adjourning the case until April 10, Liverpool magistrates heard the Television Licensing Authority needed several weeks to respond to the claims.

District Judge Michael Morris said: ``I don't want this dragging on because it is an important issue.

``I don't want to come back in several weeks time to be told there are other things to be determined. If there is any relevant case law it must be made available.''

Neither solicitor James Parry, of Nadim Associates, who is arguing the defendants' case, and Judith Seddon, on behalf of the Licensing Authority, had unearthed any prior use of the argument The defendants are Mary Miller, 49, of East Damwood Road, Speke, Emma Langley, 29, of Monash Road, Clubmoor, John Kirk, 43, of Sceptre Road, Croxteth, Shirley Wright, 40, of Corn Street, Dingle and Patricia Mulhaney, 47, of Harding Close, Anfield.
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