Mediaset pulls plug on WWE wrestling

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ROME -- Italian broadcast giant Mediaset said Monday that it is dropping WWE wrestling from its schedule.

The news comes in the wake of the tragedy in which one of the company's stars, Chris Benoit, killed himself, his wife and his young son.

Broadcasts of U.S. pro wrestling have been a Sunday morning and late-night mainstay on Italia 1, one of three Mediaset-owned networks. But the network said it is discontinuing the programming because it risked "confusing fact and fiction" and "contaminated" other programming on the network.

The other two Mediaset networks do not carry regular wrestling programming.

Italia 1 is the second-largest of Mediaset's three national networks, with a programming schedule that includes reality programming, late-night sex-related infomercials and a steady diet of older, dubbed U.S. series, including "Happy Days," "Magnum, P.I." and "Baywatch."
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