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NT Govt stands by funds for axed 'Alice' TV show

The Northern Territory Government has defended its funding of the television drama The Alice, despite the series being axed.

The Nine Network says the program, set in Alice Springs, will end after its current and only series.

Earlier this year, the Territory Government provided the series producer Southern Star with $330,000 to assist with the production.

At the time, the Government said the program would help boost local job and tourism opportunities.

The Minister for Central Australia, Peter Toyne, says the Government fully researched the program before deciding to provide the money.

"We knew like any production [that it] was going to carry a risk that it wasn't going to make the grade ... no one could guarantee to us that guaranteed success of the series but we certainly got all the information, arguments needed to make a responsible decision about it," he said.

September 29, 2005