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BBC's touchdown

LONDON — After years in the major footballing broadcast wilderness, BBC Sport has finally secured rights to a big final — but it's the American football version, not the round leather one. BBC Sport has snapped up a free-to-air deal with the NFL to broadcast American football's showpiece event, the Super Bowl, for the next two years. The package also gives the pubcaster rights to a highlights package from this October's Wembley Stadium game between the Miami Dolphins and New York Giants. Super Bowl XLII will be broadcast live from Arizona on Feb. 3.

Remake awakens

PARIS — Gallic sales and distribution company TF1 International and Spyglass Entertainment have signed a deal to remake French narcoleptic comedy "The Secret Adventures of Gustave Klopp" for the U.S. The original film, called "Narco" in France, stars Guillaume Canet as a victim of narcolepsy whose dreams become reality as he embarks on an unforgettable adventure. Directed by Tristan Aurouet and Gilles Lellouche, the movie sold more than half a million tickets in the territory in 2004.

Surplus criticism

TOKYO — Public broadcaster Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) was criticized in parliament by the government's Board of Audit on Wednesday for the $775 million surplus earned by its affiliates in 2006. The excess earnings relate to work subcontracted to the affiliates by NHK. The surplus remained after dividend payments were made to the affiliate companies, which were run as private companies and often staffed by ex-NHK employees. The board called for more of the money to be returned to NHK and for that to be used to finance a reduction in monthly subscriber fees.