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Indonesia media tycoons in legal drama over soap opera deal

Hary Tanoesoedibjo's TV network accuses Sinemart of breach of contract

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MNC Group chief executive Hary Tanoesoedibjo speaks during a visit to the Indonesia Stock Exchange in Jakarta on Feb. 3.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- The heated battle for dominance in Indonesia's television market has grown even hotter, with two tycoons locked in a legal wrangle that could have consequences that reach beyond their core media businesses.

Rajawali Citra Televisi Indonesia, a TV network operator and a unit of Hary Tanoesoedibjo's media company Media Nusantara Citra, has accused production house Sinemart Indonesia and its co-founder, Leo Sutanto, of breaching their contract by selling itself to a unit of rival TV operator Surya Citra Media.

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