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  • MEDIA NOTES

         In Dallas, Barry Horn questions whether the candy wrapper on
    the field that Fox's John Madden clearly identified as a Snickers
    wrapper four times was actually blown from the stands.  Snickers
    is a major Fox sponsor.  In other news, Horn also notes the
    influx of figure skating on TV and says (with tongue-in-cheek?)
    to expect Fox to announce "its own figure skating tour any day
    now" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 11/22).....Beginning January 2, ABC
    Radio along with BUSINESS WEEK will begin broadcasting the 60-
    second "Business Week Business Reports," hourly during Monday
    through Friday morning and afternoon drive times.  The reports
    will be delivered from the editorial offices of BUSINESS WEEK by
    its broadcaster, Ray Hoffman and from ABC Radio Networks by ABC's
    Gary Nunn (COWLES BUSINESS MEDIA, 11/22).... Continental
    Cablevision Corp. said yesterday that it has agreed to buy the
    cable systems owned by the Providence Journal Co. in a deal
    valued at $1.4B.  Continental, the nation's No. 3 cable company,
    is now privately held, but will become a public company as a
    result of the transaction (N.Y. TIMES, 11/23).
    

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  • THE MACRO LOOK AT AFFILIATE SWAPS BETWEEN THE NETS

         In Washington, Paul Farhi notes that CBS, ABC and NBC have
    "all but declared war" on Fox.  Farhi notes the many motions
    filed with the FCC by NBC asking them to look into Fox's various
    acquisitions of local TV stations.  This week, NBC broadened its
    campaign, "requesting that the government deny Fox the right to
    buy TV stations in Philadelphia and Boston outright."  The Big
    Three, in general, have questioned the amount of foreign
    investment behind Fox's purchases (WASHINGTON POST, 11/23).
    Smith Barney media analyst John Reidy:  "CBS has some tough holes
    to fill -- even after this deal" ("NBR," PBS, 11/22).
    

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