Comic Relief in row over legal rights to ITV Digital monkey

A row over the ownership of ITV Digital's Monkey has emerged following a pledge to donate the TV mascot to Comic Relief.

Puppet company Henson, which developed the character for the digital TV platform with the help of advertising agency Mother, wants to donate the puppet to the charity and argued that the rights belong to the creator.

But ITV Digital's administrator Deloitte %26 Touche considers Monkey a company asset and maintains that the puppet should be sold to pay off creditors.

"It's all in the hands of the lawyers at the moment,

said Henson press officer Jenny Burbridge. "We just want the monkey to go to the best possible home."

Supermarket chain KwikSave and cider makers Diamond White have made offers for the puppet.

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