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2009/06/28

超人のジャーナリスト・アイ 109 マイケル・ジャクソンの死 英国公演についての報道 

マイケル・ジャクソンの死でロンドン公演の経済損失を伝える英紙の電子版。
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Michael Jackson's death leaves AEG Live facing £300m bill
AEG Live, the promoters of Michael Jackson's 50-date residency at London's O2 Arena, faces a bill of up to £300 million following the cancellation of the concerts.

By Jon Swaine and Jamie Dunkley
Published: 3:26PM BST 26 Jun 2009

US popstar Michael Jackson gestures as he addresses a press conference at the O2 arena in London, on March 5, 2009 Photo: AFP
It is thought the company was unable to get insurance for at least 30 of the concerts – which were due to start next month – after obtaining limited cover for between 10 and 20 of up to £130 million.

Insurers declined to take on the financial risk of the shows not going ahead, apparently concerned that the singer, who appeared frail at the unveiling of the concerts in March, would not be able to complete the run.


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Michael Jackson is dead: internet feels the strain Randy Phillips, AEG's chief executive, told The Daily Telegraph at the time that the company, which is owned by the American billionaire Philip Anschutz, was willing to "self-insure", shouldering the potential cost itself.

"It's a risk we're willing to take to bring the King of Pop to his fans," Mr Phillips said, insisting Jackson had passed a thorough medical "with flying colours". AEG declined to comment yesterday.

Ray Waddell, a live entertainment expert from Billboard magazine, reported yesterday that the limited cover AEG managed to obtain did not include Jackson's non-appearance – despite this typically being a basic component of such policies.

"Even if AEG had a policy, that doesn't mean Jackson's death, and the losses incurred, would be covered," he said.

"If [Jackson's death] was a pre-existing condition or drug- or alcohol-related, a normal cancellation policy would not cover that, even if he had passed a medical exam," Waddell quoted a source close to the situation as saying.

The original buyers of all 750,000 tickets for the "This Is It" residency, which were priced at £50-£75, are expected to be given a full refund.

However, fans who bought tickets through internet auction websites like eBay, where some paid thousands of pounds to touts, will not get their money back.

Tickets for the concerts sold out in one morning, after being bought at a rate of 11 per second.

In a statement, the O2 management said yesterday: "At this moment our thoughts are with Michael's children, family and friends. We will announce ticketing details in due course."

AEG and the O2 must now either find acts big enough to fill the 15,000-capacity arena for the 50 dates – which span July and next January and February – or let the venue sit empty.

Gary Bongiovanni, the editor of the concert magazine Pollstar, said: "They are taking a big hit. They will be able to re-book some of those shows. But those in July, the building will probably be dark."

Predicting the financial fall-out would be "messy, as well as expensive", Waddell predicted that AEG could make a claim against Jackson's estate. 英紙「Telegraph」2009年6月28日の電子版より

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