Jerry Springer musical performs out of court

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A British musical based on the tabloid talk show The Jerry Springer Show has drawn the ire of a religious group in Britain.

The group, The Christian Institute, asked Britain's High Court to put the BBC under judicial review for airing Jerry Springer - The Musical. The group said the BBC breached the conditions of its Royal Charter by discriminating against Christians. The High Court rejected the group's assertion.

The BBC has received 47,000 complaints about the musical, which featured God as a talk show host.

In a statement, BBC director of television Jana Barrett said the ruling upheld the BBC's editorial independence and supported free speech: "While we take any potential to offend the audience very seriously, we believe that it is the BBC's right and duty to remain a public space in which the widest range of ideas and creativity can be shared by the public."

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