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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).
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).