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  • MEDIA NOTES

         Time Warner Inc. said yesterday that ABC News and NBC News
    would join in the interactive news-on-demand service to be
    offered on Time Warner's Full Service network next year.  The
    network will be introduced in Orlando and will include news, TV
    programming and reports by Time Warner publications like Time,
    Sports Illustrated, Fortune, Money, Entertainment Weekly and Life
    (BLOOMBERG BUSINESS NEWS, 10/12)....Softkey International Inc.
    said it will begin selling CD-Rom based calendars of Sports
    Illustrated's annual swimsuit issue.  The CD-Rom, priced $29.95,
    is the most "heavily ordered" CD that SoftKey has ever published
    (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 10/12)....In Philadelphia, Robert Seltzer
    critiques last weekend's boxing telecast, CBS' first boxing
    telecast in four years: "It was a good spectacle for a sport that
    sorely needs network exposure" (PHILA. INQUIRER, 10/12)....CBS,
    NBC and NBC drew just 58% of all prime-time viewing last week,
    down from 63% a year ago.  Most of the loss of viewing share was
    due to the lack of baseball coverage, which normally draws
    viewers away from cable (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 10/12). ....The
    Tigers signed a 5-year deal with WKBD Channel 50.  No dollar
    figures were announced, but Channel 50 will air 60 games a season
    and will have a "virtual lock on Detroit TV sports, as it already
    airs the Pistons and Red Wings" (DETROIT NEWS, 10/11).
    

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  • OFF-YEAR FOR THE IRISH -- BAD NEWS FOR ABC, NBC

         In New York, Richard Sandomir notes Notre Dame's loss to
    Boston College hurts both ABC and NBC for upcoming Irish
    telecasts: "Although a weakened Notre Dame is still a potent draw
    thanks to the school's faithful alumni, a middling Irish team is
    nonetheless not as robust for ratings as one that is still in the
    loop" for a national title.  In other college football news, ABC
    bought the rights to the annual SEC championship game for
    "substantially more" than the $1.8M it has been paying.  ABC
    struck the deal in their exclusive negotiating period.  Regular
    season SEC games will be carried by CBS (N.Y. TIMES, 10/12)
    

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