A POMPEY publican has taken a big step forward in her fight to overturn a conviction for using a Greek channel to screen Premier League football.
Karen Murphy is landlady of the Red, White and Blue pub, in Southsea, and today marked a key moment in her landmark case against the UK’s Media Protection Services (MPS).
She was convicted in 2007 after bypassing Sky TV to pay Greek broadcaster NOVA to provide satellite television for her pub, and now her appeal has reached the European Court of Justice (ECJ).
A report by the court’s Advocate General has sided with her view that Sky does not have the power to block European broadcasters from being received and shown inside the UK.
Her solicitor, Paul Dixon, said: ‘Today the advocate general found powerfully in favour of Mrs Murphy, which was a huge boost for our case.
‘But we are being cautious, as this is only an opinion and the judges do not ultimately have to follow it.’
The court is set to pass its final judgement on the case in three months time.