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Mystery depends over stolen TV manual

A FAKED missing production manual of the "China's Got Talent" series was found for sale on the Internet, city-based Dragon TV officials said today.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Internet mailbox of "China's Got Talent," the authorized version based on the format of "Britain's Got Talent," was raided and emptied, losing all 900 e-mails about the program's format and manual, bought from Fremantle media and valued at US$400,000.

Yesterday an Internet user named "Manual Looking for its New Owner" said on that he had most of the confidential documents and the manual was for sale at 100,000 yuan (US$14,700).

To win the buyers' trust, the Netizen also posted the schedules and background information of one of the show's auditions in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province.

Dragon TV spokesman Lu Wei said they have carefully checked all the details, finding that in addition to the date and venue of the elimination rounds in Shenzhen, other so-called "confidential messages" about the show are inaccurate.

"It is not hard to know the date and venue of the elimination rounds in Shenzhen since we released that through media," Lu said. "We believe that the Netizen's sense of adventure and mischief prompted him to do that after knowing what happened to our mailbox from the news reports."

Officials of Dragon TV have also asked the Website to check the poster's IP address.

"We now have evidence to show that the invader just emptied the mailbox," Lu added. "There is no record that he has downloaded these e-mails. So we have reason to believe that he only wanted to play tricks on us."


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