Algerian government pulls Arab 'Star Academy' off state TV network
UPI News Service, 02/09/2006
The Arab version of "Pop Idol" has been judged too racy for Algerian TV.
The Lebanese-produced "Star Academy" -- modeled after Britain's "Pop Idol" and the U.S. version, "American Idol" -- was extremely popular among Algerians, particularly women, the BBC reported Thursday.
In announcing the show's blackout on Algerian TV, Islamist leader Aboudjerra Soltani called it a "provocation against society."